Community honors life and legacy of fallen West Des Moines police officer


WEST DES MOINES – The West Des Moines community is coming together to honor a police officer who was killed in the line of duty.

Officer Shawn Miller died in a motorcycle crash Wednesday, on his way back from testifying in a court case. West Des Moines Police say a driver pulled out in front of Officer Miller near De Soto, causing the crash.
His visitation was held Sunday evening at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Des Moines.
Officer Shawn Miller was a beloved member of the West Des Moines community. Hundreds gathered for his visitation, and those closest to him say he will be greatly missed.
A motorcade of metro law enforcement makes its way down the road – all to honor West Des Moines Police Officer Shawn Miller.
“Shawn was always positive, he was always very friendly to everybody,” said Sgt. Jason Bryan of the West Des Moines Police Department. “When you’d walk into the room and say hi to Shawn, he was probably already saying hi to you first, so he was that type of person.”
Fighting back tears, Sgt. Bryan members the legacy his fallen colleague – and close friend – leaves behind.
“You know, working with Shawn these many years has been an honor, he’s been a great asset to our department, and I am proud to have worked with him all these many years,” Sgt. Bryan said.
Hundred of family, friends and community members fathered Sunday for Officer Miller’s visitation – a memorial squad car sitting at the entrance the church, covered in flowers.
“He’d be very humbled by it,” Sgt. Bryan said when asked what Officer Miller would think about the outpouring of support. “He would be the type of officer that would say you don’t need to do all this for me, but it’s our honor to do this for him. Again, great person, great police officer.”
Police say Officer Miller was very involved with the police department, and that his impact on their lives will not be forgotten.
“Shawn was that guy that either outside of work or at work, was just a great guy to be around, and that’s what’s going to be missed most,” Sgt. Bryan said.
Officer Miller leaves behind his wife and three children.
His funeral will begin Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Des Moines. Authorities say law enforcement officers from across the state are expected to be there.

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