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Andrew Nicholas Miller
  • 27 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 18, 1988
  • Date of passing: Apr 1, 2016
Let the memory of Andrew be with us forever

Vancouver firefighter Andrew Miller, 29, was struck by an automobile while walking near his home while off-duty. He was treated on the scene by two crews from the Vancouver Fire Department and AMR and transported to Peace Health Southwest Washington Medical Center with life threatening injuries. He succumbed to those injuries at approximately 12 a.m. on April 1. 
"We are proud of Andrew and all that he accomplished. The news is a tremendous loss to both Andrew's family and the Vancouver Fire Department family," said Vancouver Fire Chief Joe Molina.

Andrew had been a member of the Vancouver Fire Department since September 2011. He worked as a Firefighter/EMT and was a member of the Vancouver Firefighter's Union, Local 452. 
Andrew grew up in Spokane, Wash., where he graduated from Rogers High School and completed an Associate of Arts degree in Fire Science and General Studies from Spokane Community College. He previously served as a resident firefighter in Spokane County Fire District 10 in Airway Heights, outside of Spokane.

"This is a very sad day for the city. The entire Vancouver City Council extends our condolences to the Miller family," said Vancouver Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Vancouver Firefighters Community Assistance Fund at 2807 N.W. Fruit Valley Road, Vancouver, WA 98660.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Stan Nelson on 3rd September 2016

"He was a wonderful guy, taken from this earth much to soon."

This tribute was added by Casey-Blue Cherry on 29th April 2016

"I'm so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Mr. Miller personally, but losing a loved one is hard. Especially when it's so sudden. It's moments like these when comfort and hope are most crucial. We find said hope in the Bible at John 5:28, 29a where it says "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life..." This beautiful scripture tells us that we have a hope to see Andrew again - alive and well. Let these words bring you the peace and comfort that they have brought me."

This tribute was added by John & Ann Stocum on 16th April 2016

"What an amazing and beautiful tribute to Andrew today.  Our thoughts continue to be with the family."

This tribute was added by suzanna jacquez on 8th April 2016

"Andrew you were so special to me and we had the best times together.I will always hold those memories and think of you.  I look at my phone and keep your text messages to remind me of you.  You made me happy and brightened my day. May god be with you!
-Suzanna"

This tribute was added by Brittany Bell on 7th April 2016

"Andrew:

I wish I had more time with you. I wish life didn't get crazy at times and that I could've seen you more these past few months. It's hard not to dwell on these things when tragedy strikes, but instead of drowning in regret, I'm finding comfort in the memories that we do have. You are one of the most caring people I have ever met in my life. Just a big goofy sweetheart that would do anything for the people in your life. You touched a lot of people's lives that way and nobody will ever forget the way that you made them feel. Thank you for blessing me with your friendship. I wish I wasn't forced to think of memories, and we could continue to create new ones. I wish that I could still call you and tell you I'll be there in 10, I'm coming over to watch a movie, but in the end I'm glad to have spent time with you. Thank you for being you, I will forever miss you."

This tribute was added by Heidi Parr on 4th April 2016

"I loved Andrew's goofy, fun-loving self.  He had such a special place in my heart and always will."

This tribute was added by Jason Lawson on 4th April 2016

"Haven't seen you in years man but will always remember you"

This tribute was added by Jeremy Stowe on 4th April 2016

"Andrew was friends with our kids since grade school who spent many days at our house. If there were free popsicles or some birthday cake to be had, Andrew was there. He was such a good mannered kid that had wit and would just make you laugh til you cried.
One of my best memories with Andrew was helping him install carpet in a church for his final project to become an Eagle Scout. At one time, he had mentioned to me that he was tired of scouts and wanted to quit. As I was encouraging him to continue and telling him what an accomplishment it was, I noticed that this young kid was actually taking it in and was listening to every word I said. He knew early on that he wanted to be a fire fighter and I told him being an Eagle Scout may help him fulfill that dream.
Through out the years when most young adults move on with their lives, they usually don't have time to stay in contact with their friends parents. Not Andrew. I would get messages out of the blue just to see how things were going and how the family was doing. He always made me feel like he cared for us. I'm glad I that I had the opportunity to tell him how proud I was of him for fulfilling his dream of firefighting.
Really going to miss his sarcasm and trash talk during football season.
RIP Andrew,  we'll all see ya someday."

This tribute was added by Alicia Gustafson on 4th April 2016

"I'll never forget your smile. I remember when you told me you had become a firefighter and thinking, "how perfect for you, you alway did take a lot of heat!" You were a good friend and will be greatly missed."

This tribute was added by Paula Cavanagh on 3rd April 2016

"You have always been such a kind, caring, fun kid.  From a very young age you had a brilliant wit and made people happy just to be with you.  We love you and will miss you always.  Paula and Jeff"

This tribute was added by Sarah Weidert on 3rd April 2016

"Andrew it is just amazing to see what an amazing person you turned into. I can tell by how many lives you have clearly left a mark on that you have done your whole family proud. Its nice to see all these incredible things about you surface that i never knew before. I wish we had more time together. I wish we had one more family bbq and time to catch up. I wish none of this had happened. You know we were pretty lucky being able to grow up as close as we were not everyone gets that, but right now if i'm honest it doesn't seem near enough. It doesn't feel like we spent much time together at all. You were a great cousin I know if i would have ever needed anything you would have been there. That's the kind of person that you were. The family was always important to you. I love you so much and this isn’t how it was suppose to be. I will miss you but will never forget. Now you know the secret and good luck on whatever journey awaits you. Thanks for all the good you did for this world and the lives that you touched."

This tribute was added by Renee Taylor on 3rd April 2016

"Heaven has gained an angel.  May God hold your family close."

This tribute was added by john weidert on 3rd April 2016

"From the time of your birth, you were a source of great pride and joy to your family and everyone privileged enough to know you.  As a young man, it was obvious you had a strong character and unwavering moral compass. We found you to be respectful towards others, yet quietly observant with a grin on your face. You LIVED the Boy Scout Oath, Law, and Slogan on a daily basis by helping whoever and whenever you could. It was no surprise that you chose to become a firefighter/paramedic to serve and help those in need.   It is hard to remember when you weren’t smiling and in good humor, even when tired from a long shift.  You are a shining example of how we can best help each other. You will be sorely missed. We love you and you will forever be in our thoughts.  

John, Karen, Craig & Carol, and Sean Weidert"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Myers on 3rd April 2016

"Crying and talking to my husband about his friend Andrew Miller....the one who always fell asleep first...the one whom Leighten spent 100's of hours of his life with....eating cereal out of weird tupperware bowls...wasteing a whole summer on a plum concoction the baby sitter threw away....never playing on his sweet swingset...making fun of his mountain bike which Andrew insisted had 21 speeds!....hours of gameboy...asking Andrew to pick the pistol on OO7 so he wouldn't smoke leighten in the face again with the golden gun...playing in the canopy topped fort by the garage they always wanted to sleep in but never did...watching tadpoles grow to frogs in Andrew's mom's minature pond....eating raspberries off his rasp bush....sleeping over with Chris Madonna and Will Hanson...spending days at Hayes park.....waterballon fights with the cul-de-sac twins and Christian and that other kid...riding their bikes until someone crashed too hard to go on.. Andrew Miller  teaching him the art of tilting the 20 oz bottles to find out if they could win a free soda and getting a $20 Yoda....Andrew refusing to join Leighten Myers and Trevor Miller after they had bought steaks and wanted to marinate them in coca cola....getting busted by dropping lit matches down the heater vent by Mary Kate Miller....enjoying nesquick and sherbert ice cream.....Life takes people on different and seperate journeys. Thank you Andrew for being such a good childhood friend to my husband. I am so glad that your paths included each others company. I am so thankful I got to know you. You were the best Mascot Rogers High School has and ever will have. You went chasing yours dreams and had achieved many of them..you imprinted your HEART on the world and many people loved you...You will be MISSED....You will not be FORGOTTEN..."

This tribute was added by Cecelia Vaughn on 2nd April 2016

"You were such an awesome guy to work with. You were still up beat  and a bright smile even working 2 jobs on no sleep and being on call for firefighting. I will truly miss you. RIP"

This tribute was added by Melanie Kelly on 2nd April 2016

"See you on the other side my friend. Wherever I go in this life, there you'll be. Thanks for being my friend."

This tribute was added by Christina Ross on 2nd April 2016

"Crazy how fast things can change... Just talked to you three days ago about the Sanders Rally, and you winning fights with the Secret Service... Stuck to your guns as usual... God had bigger plans for you, brother... I'll never forget the talks we shared and how much you cared about my brother when everyone else seemed to disappear... We will miss you so much.."

This tribute was added by crystal kirk on 2nd April 2016

"It's hard to imagine you gone. Waking up this morning hoping it was all a dream and hoping to see a good morning text made it more of a reality. I know your in a better place now. You've touched the lives of so many people and I'm proud to have known you and call you a good friend. Your forever in my thoughts and I'm praying for your family in this hard time. Rest easy Andrew. You were a hero here on earth and will forever be a hero in heaven. Love you buddy and will meet again!!! ❤"

This tribute was added by Bryce Austin on 2nd April 2016

"I love you so much dreezy. So much."

This tribute was added by Teri Stanke on 2nd April 2016

"Rest In Peace Andrew... been thinking about you as a little boy playing across the street and watching as you matured into the good man that you became. You have you're angel wings now and can fly high forever !"


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