Gary Todd Miller
Pine Mountain Firefighter
Unit # 1222
Gary Todd Miller was a cherished member of the Pine
Mountain Fire Department.
Born March 3, 1967, at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery,
Maine, Todd was the recipient of many jokes about his Yankee
accent and mannerisms. Some of the firefighters constantly
attempted to get him to try such Southern delicacies as
grits and boiled peanuts, but without much success.
Todd joined the Pine Mountain Fire Department in 1997. We
aggravated him about being a Yankee, but we never joked
about his dedication and willingness to help others.
He was always dependable and one could never ask for a
better team member inside a burning structure. At the time
of his death, Todd was studying to become an Emergency
Medical Technician. He would have been an excellent
Todd spent eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps. During that
time, he served as a Marine Security Guard spending 18
months in Ethiopia, another 18 months in Brussels, and
enjoyed a number of other postings in Europe. Todd was very
proud of his Marine Corps service.
Pine Mountain firefighters could tell many stories about
Todd and here is one such story. A Pine Mountain firefighter
was slightly late for a training class. Todd was already
there and chastised him for being late.
“I was watching a show about a great Marine and lost track
of time,” the firefighter explained.
“Was it Chesty Puller?” Todd asked.
“No -- Gomer Pyle,” the firefighter responded which drew
laughter from everybody.
On August 23, 2000, Todd collapsed in his home of an
apparent heart attack. Todd left two children, Joseph and
Todd never met a stranger and was always there to lend a
helping hand to anybody who needed it. To this day, Pine
Mountain firefighters still miss him.
Todd’s unit number in the Pine Mountain Fire Department was
1222. Though that number has never been officially retired,
it has not been used again.