Orleans firefighters will attend funeral for Bergen EMT

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 September 2015 at 12:00 am

Local fire departments have been filling in for Bergen FD

BERGEN – Orleans County firefighters have been filling in at the Bergen Fire Hall so Bergen firefighters could attend calling hours for Barry Miller, a Bergen emergency medical technician who died in route to a call in Riga last Wednesday, Sept. 23.

Miller was a passenger in an ambulance heading east on Bovee Road on the way to a call when the vehicle collided with a slow-moving backhoe, which also was travelling east on Bovee.

Miller, 50, was a long-time volunteer with the Bergen Fire Department. He was also a Genesee County coroner, a Bergen town councilman and the owner of Miller’s Millworks in Bergen.

There were calling hours on Sunday and today at the Bergen United Methodist Church for Miller. Shelby firefighters filled in at the Bergen firehall today from 6 a.m. to noon, with Holley filling in from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Clarendon firefighters will staff the Bergen fire hall from 6 a.m. to noon tomorrow, with Kendall and Fancher-Hulberton-Murray filling in from noon to 4 p.m.

“We’ve tried to do what we could,” said Dale Banker, the Orleans County emergency management director.

The funeral for Miller will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Pearce Memorial Church in North Chili.

Albion and Barre are expected to send a contingent of firefighters to Miller’s funeral, Banker said.