By Melanie Yingst
MIAMI COUNTY — Sgt. Robert Elliott served Miami County and gave the ultimate sacrifice and this month a stretch of highway will be dedicated to his memory.
State Route 41, from Covington to Troy, will be dedicated in honor of Miami County Sheriff Sgt. Robert Elliott at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 at the First Lutheran Church, located at 2899 State Route 41, Troy.
Elliott was killed in the line of duty on Feb. 25, 1987. He was shot and killed with his own weapon while guarding a prisoner at Stouder Hospital. The prisoner asked to take a shower and grabbed Sergeant Elliott’s .357 revolver as Sergeant Elliott removed the restraints. A struggle ensued and the suspect shot Sergeant Elliott in the chest. The prisoner later committed suicide in Kentucky during a shoot-out with law enforcement.
Billy Ray, special investigator for the sheriff’s office, helped coordinate the fallen officer’s memorial at the Miami County Courthouse. Ray served on the sheriff’s department with Elliott.
“It’s a healing process. It’s always a healing process anytime you lose an officer,” Ray said. “We try to do things so they aren’t forgotten.”
Ray also worked with Concord Township trustees to erect signs at the entrances to Barbee Park on County Road 25-A in honor of Sgt. Elliott before the highway dedication was approved by Gov. John Kasich.
Ray also recently updated the memorial drive signs in memory of Sgt. William Morris at the Miami County Government Complex which includes the sheriff’s training center. Morris was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 22, 1972.
“We wanted to make them look all the same. Now they each have a sheriff’s star on each side of the signs,” Ray said of the memorial drive signs for both Elliott and Morris.
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