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A Nightmare In Brooklyn

“Rich got to the point. He told the priest he wanted to compose a prayer. “I explained that usually I had no trouble making my own prayers, but this time I needed some help.” The priest recalled the front-page news reports about the shooting and seemed eager to do what he could. Rich said that first he wanted to thank God for letting him live. Then he asked for a prayer for his fellow officers who were still in the hospital recovering from their wounds. Finally he said he needed a prayer for Arthur Alalouf, the man he killed. He wanted to ask God to let his soul rest in peace. The priest asked Rich to kneel. He stood above him and put one hand on his bowed head. He thanked God for keeping Rich safe. He prayed for the quick and complete recovery for the brave police officers who were wounded and still in the hospital. Finally he prayed to the Holy Father to let Arthur Alalouf’s soul rest in peace. When Rich stood up, he felt calmer. His pulse had slowed, and his breathing was deeper and more steady. He shut his eyes. It was the first time since Saturday that Arthur Alalouf was not looking back at him.”

A Sneak Peek of Chapter One — Rich Miller

After the interview with Rich Miller:

“I continue on the job while recovering from surgery after a line of duty injury. At this point in my career, after twenty-three years with the NYPD, I thought things would be winding down but in fact the last few years have turned out to be one of the most significant times in my life. As my wife likes to remind me, our jobs are just a vehicle for us to express who we are and I believe that is true.

My nature has always been one to protect, save lives and combat those who wish to cause harm to others, whether it be a perpetrator or a terrorist. This is what I have done well throughout my life as a Marine, bodyguard, police officer and even as a civilian. I’ve also been blessed along the way with some great partners who have had my back and supported me in some of the most dangerous situations. Charlie Wassil, Ray Neuman, Tom Flannery and Steve Hayden are some of the greatest men I have had the privilege to work with. As I look back, I'm grateful to have shared those years with them by my side and to call them my friends.

With numerous injuries to my physical body and some emotional scars shared only by those of us on the job, I'm looking forward to creating a new future and enjoying a calmer but still very purposeful life with my wife Theresa, my children and family. Part of that life includes contributing to those men and women who have also spent their lives being of service as first responders and veterans. My vision is unfolding and the seeds I have planted over the years are just starting to take hold. I am committed to making a difference by leading a national effort that supports those who have served in a Post 9/11 era. I will forever remember all those friends I lost not only throughout my career but especially the fourteen close friends and co-workers lost on September 11, 2001.”


Rich Miller, 24 year veteran NYPD and Emergency Service Unit. Raised first flag at Ground Zero on September 12. Rich has risked his life many times during his career, but never more so than when he ended what is still one of the worst gun battles in New York City history. At great risk to his own life, he charged a gunman who had taken cover in a stairwell of a home in Brooklyn. By the time Rich got his shot, the man, who had failed the psychological exam to become a New York City police officer, had severely wounded five cops. Before he began his shooting rampage, he told his family that his goal was to kill as many police officers as he could before they killed him.