Feedback: Injured Soldier A Good Person, Former Coach Says
One of the 16 people injured Wednesday by a shooter at Fort Hood, Texas was a former Fort Drum soldier who called the north country home for two years.
According to Maj. Patrick Miller's LinkedIn profile, he worked in Army finances at Fort Drum from October 2011 to August 2013.
He also played on Watertown's Red & Black semipro football team as a linebacker.
(Miller is pictured on the left carrying the 10th Mountain Division flag at a Red & Black game.)
Coach George Ashcraft says he remembers the soldier as a good athlete and good person.
"I'll take the man for a man," Ashcraft said. "If he said he was going to do something, he would smile and he'd make the difference.
"That's what I remember most about him," Ashcraft said, "is just his personal ability and his way of treating people. He treated everybody on the up-and-up and that's big in this world today."
Ashcraft says he called Miller's family to tell them he and the team are thinking of him.
"I will say that I've gotten on an answering machine from one of his family members and left a message and told them we're thinking about him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him," he said.
WIVB television station in Buffalo says Miller, a western New York native, underwent surgery Wednesday night.
His condition has not been released, but a hospital doctor says all remaining victims are expected to survive.
Governor Andrew Cuomo issued the following statement Thursday:
"The shooting at Fort Hood has left New York saddened and shocked at the senseless violence that claimed the lives of dedicated soldiers and injured 16 others. I join the nation in mourning the loss of those Americans who demonstrated great patriotism in serving their country. Among those injured is Major Patrick Miller, from Allegany County, who joined the U.S. Army after graduating from St. Bonaventure in 2003. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I send my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery to the injured victims and their families."