ROSSFORD -- Friends and family paid tribute Monday to a local soldier killed while serving in Afghanistan. Army Sergeant First Class Daniel Miller was laid to rest at St. Rose Cemetery after an emotional funeral service.
Miller, 43, and Sgt. 1st Class Scott M. Carney, 37, of Ankeny, Iowa, were both killed when the Humvee they were riding in rolled over. The incident is under investigation, and no other details are available.
Miller was assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, from Fort Riley, Kansas. He leaves behind a wife and 6 children, ranging in age from 6 months to 13 years.
At the funeral, mourners remembered a military career that spanned more than 20 years, and Miller's long-time involvement with the Knights of Columbus.
"He's an absolute hero, without a doubt. He's what stories are made of," said Miller's brother-in-law Jerry Ulm in a story first broadcast on News 11 last week.
Miller served in Desert Storm, and his training mission to Afghanistan was to have been his last deployment. "This was his last hurrah," Ulm says. "His last tour. When he got back from this, he was going to retire."
"He wants people to remember that what he did was for the right cause. He loved his faith, and he really loved his country."
Carney also had Ohio ties, having graduated from Sheridan High School in Thornville, Ohio. Carney's unit arrived in Afghanistan in May, and provided advanced combat training to the Afghan National Army and Afghan police.