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'He made lives better': Sheriff remembers Cpl. Adam McMillan, killed by crash with Metro bus

Public visitation held Friday for Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputy
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Posted at 10:51 AM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-31 06:30:07-04

CINCINNATI — Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil honored the late Cpl. Adam McMillan on Friday for his 19 years of service to Hamilton County.

"He served for 19 years and because of that he made lives better," Neil said. "He accommodated people like no other."

A public visitation was held Friday for McMillan from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Spring Grove Funeral Homes.

The parking lot at Spring Grove was busy all day as cars poured in and out to pay their respects to McMillan. "Thin Blue Line" flags and blue ribbons lined the gate and signs near the cemetery, and an American flag flew at half staff.

Neil said McMillan was an organ donor, a World War II buff and an observer in the sheriff's department aviation unit.

"Adam has passions just like any of us," Neil said. "He was involved in a union tour during police memorial week. He was one of the observers in our aviation unit that sat next to the pilot and did those duties that the pilot was unable to do because he was flying the ship."

Neil said even though Friday was a tough day, he was glad to get a chance to honor McMillan and was thankful for the fellow community and law enforcement support.

"I do not wish this on anybody, on any police leader, to stand in front of you today to talk about the loss of a subordinate, a family member," Neil said "Our community is like no other. We support each other. It’s a sight to behold. We’re a big family in law enforcement."

On Saturday, a private funeral service will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., followed by a law enforcement procession from Spring Grove Funeral Homes to Arlington Memorial Gardens, where his body will be laid to rest.

The funeral procession will take place on this route:

  • The procession will exit Spring Grove Funeral Homes and travel north on Winton Road (Winton Road will be closed from Crawford to Winton for the duration of the funeral service activity).
  • Left on westbound North Bend Road
  • Right onto northbound Hamilton Avenue, proceeding through College Hill and North College Hill
  • Left onto Compton Road into Arlington Memorial Gardens Cemetery

McMillan died as a result of injuries he suffered after a crash involving a Metro bus on Beechmont Avenue on Oct 10. He spent two weeks in intensive care at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center before being taken off life support.

McMillan, 42, was the third deputy to be killed in the line of duty since 1984.