Barry Garfield Miller

While responding to an emergency call for a male with chest pain, Chief Miller died from injuries sustained when the fire department ambulance he was a passenger in collided with a slow moving backhoe. The backhoe was being used with a sweeper attachment to clean the roadway. Chief Miller was a front seat passenger in the ambulance.

The ambulance driver and 1 other crew member on-board the ambulance were injured. The ambulance was traveling east on Bovee Road in Riga, New York, when the accident occurred. According to the law enforcement crash report, early morning sunshine blinded the ambulance driver as they approached the backhoe.

Chief Miller was wearing his seatbelt and the vehicle’s airbags did deploy. A crew member in the patient treatment area of the ambulance was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Incident Location: Bovee Road and Brew Road, Riga, NY (U.S. National Grid: 18T TN 6143 7010)

Department Information

Bergen Fire Department
PO Box 428, 10 Hunter ST
U.S. National Grid: 18T TN 6055 7492
Bergen, New York 14416-0428

Chief: Kevin Finucane

Barry Garfield Miller was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 50 
Rank: Assistant Chief of EMS/Firefighter 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Sep 23, 2015 07:25
Date of death: Sep 23, 2015 
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft 
Nature of death: Trauma 
Activity type: Responding 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding 
Fixed property use: Street/Road