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Benson Police Department

1979 - 2002


RETIRED BENSON POLICE CHIEF DON MILLER, 65 - Former Benson Police Chief Don Miller died on February 14, 2004, at the age of 65. Miller retired from the Benson Police Department in December, 2002, ending a 43 year career in law enforcement.

Miller began his law enforcement career in 1959 in Baltimore, Maryland. Three years later, in 1962, he moved to Tampa, Florida where he served on the police force for six years. In 1969 he moved to Fayetteville and served on the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office until 1975. He worked for four years in private security before joining the Benson Police Department in 1979.

His first position was a Patrol Officer, but he later moved up the ladder being promoted to Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and finally the Chief in 1994, replacing Bennie Murphy. Miller was always quick to point out that the highlight of his career came while in Tampa, having the opportunity to escort President John Kennedy in a motorcade and chat with the President a few minutes. No one knew at the time, President Kennedy would be shot and killed exactly one week later.

Funeral services for retired Chief Don Miller were held at the Jernigan & Warren Funeral Home at 545 Ramsey Street in Fayetteville, NC.



Photo courtesy of Ken Tart Photography.

Benson Police Department

2001 - 2004



SERGEANT RONNIE DALE MCLAMB, 25 - Benson Police Sergeant Ronnie McLamb died on Sunday, November 14th, 2004, at the age of 25. Sergeant McLamb was involved in a one vehicle automobile accident, and succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

McLamb joined the Benson Police Department in March of 2001, and was a dedicated, caring, and professional Patrol Officer. In October of 2004, McLamb was promoted to Sergeant, and was in charge of a Patrol Division squad.

Sergeant McLamb received many commendations in his brief career, and was awarded Officer of the Year in 2001. He was most proud though, of his promotion to Sergeant, and was enthusiastic about his growing role and responsibilities within the department.

Funeral services for Sergeant Ronnie McLamb were held on November 18th, 2004, in Zebulon, North Carolina, with a large contingent of Law Enforcement Officers, and other Emergency Services personnel present. He was given a Police Escort to the cemetery, and was buried with full Law Enforcement honors.





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