Ceremony Held in West Des Moines to Posthumously Promote West Des Moines Officer

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- A West Des Moines police officer was killed in a motorcycle accident while on the job in August just weeks before he was set to be promoted. Now, the department is honoring Officer Shawn Miller posthumously.

Dozens of his fellow officers, his family and strangers are expected at the ceremony in at City Hall in West Des Moines. His colleagues say this promotion to sergeant is a well-deserved honor.

He was known as a natural leader around the department, a department he had served with for the last 26 years.

Miller was heading back from the Dallas County Courthouse in Adel, where he appeared in court as a witness, on the day of the accident.

He was 47 years old and leaves behind a wife and three children.

Miller's colleagues want his family to remember the work he put into the department and why he was so deserving of the promotion.

"He's not an officer that just came to work and worked his eight hours then went home," said Sgt. Jason Brya of the West Des Moines Police Department. "He was heavily involved in this departments w/ training and all sorts of other things."

Officer Miller grew up in the West Des Moines are, graduated from Dowling High School, and provided security for local churches.