In early May 2013, I was contacted by the family of Officer William J. Stender. They told me that Officer Stender had been killed in the line of duty on May 15, 1963 while employed as a Miller police officer. The family requested a picture of him in his uniform, if we had one.
After some research, I was unable to find anything about Officer Stender or his death. It was the family who told me what had happened from their understanding of the incident. I did not know who else was involved and neither did the family.
The family told me that they were going to be in Miller in a few days. I brought this story to the attention of The Miller Press because I thought the people of Miller would like to hear of the story of a Miller police officer who lost his life in the service to our citizens, especially 50 years after his death.
The family arrived in Miller. I arranged for them to come to The Miller Press, and they did talk to one of the owners of the Press.
It has been brought to my attention that the story of how the death occurred was not correct. I would like to offer my apologies to anyone who may have been offended or hurt because of the inaccurate information. My intention in bringing this tragedy to the attention of The Miller Press and to the people of Miller was not to hurt anyone. My intention was to honor a fallen officer.
Deputy Police Chief
Miller Police Department