Vigil held in Wayne for Florida police offer killed in the line of duty

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A Passaic County neighborhood is mourning the loss of a former resident who was killed in the line of duty while working as a Florida police officer.

Fort Meyers Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller, 29, grew up in Wayne Township and was a member of the Wayne Fire Department Company 2.

Childhood friends gathered in the abandoned lot where Miller's family house once stood. They lit candles in his honor and reminisced about growing up with him.

“He was such a selfless person. He would help anybody. Anybody,” said Jason Pares.

“We copied everything he did. Whether it was the way he talked, acted, dressed,” said Zack Young.

"In all of our lifetimes we will meet thousands of people. But there will only be a handful that knowing them will make you better. Adam was one of those people,” Michael Pares said.

Miller moved from New Jersey to Florida in 2015 to become a police officer. He was shot on July 21 while responding to a gas station robbery. He was hospitalized for about a week, but died on Saturday.

The suspect was identified as 29-year-old Wisner Desmaret. Desmaret was taken into custody after he was shot by another officer.

Services for Miller will be held this weekend.

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