AZLE, TX (CBSDFW.COM) – A recently retired 25-year-old veteran of the Haltom City Police Department died Sunday morning after a fire broke out at his home near Azle.
Retired Corporal Tony Miller, 62, of Azle, joined the department in 1997 and retired earlier this year.
A department spokesperson noted that Miller was a pillar of both the department and the community. His career began as a patroller. Soon after, he was then assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division as a detective.
Miller was later promoted to corporal and worked in several special units including Street Crimes and SWAT. He also served as a firearms instructor for the department.
After retiring as an officer, Miller returned to the department to work as a real estate technician.
Haltom City Police said Miller’s “smiles, laughs and wealth of knowledge will not soon be forgotten” and asked townspeople to pray for his family, friends, loved ones and co-workers. officers as they mourned his loss.
No other fire-related injuries have been reported and the investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.