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- Sep. 12, 2021 -

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Butler County Sheriff's Office Patch
Resided: OH, USA
Born: Jan. 14, 1964  
Fallen: Sep. 12, 2021
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 57 yrs. of age
Dept: Butler County Sheriff's Office - OH
705 Hanover Street  
Hamilton, OH   45011   USA
County: Butler
Dept. Type: County/Police
Hero's Rank: Deputy
Sworn Date: 12/2000
FBI Class: Death - Biological
Weapon Class: COVID-19
Agency URL: Click Here
Badge: 1494
On The Job: 32 years
Bio: Robert Craig Mills was born to Raymond and Janet Marie (Hensley) Mills. On November 26th, 1994, he married Anne L. Vaaler and they have two children, Megan and Alex Mills. Devoted to family above all else, Craig considered his children his greatest accomplishment. He could always be found attending one of his children’s sporting or school events and loved spending his time with them.

Craig was educated in the Hamilton City Schools, where he was a standout athlete and upon graduation was drafted by the Detroit Tigers baseball organization.

Following his return to his hometown, Craig began his career with the Butler County Prosecutors office followed by the Butler County Sheriff’s office where he earned The Deputy of the Year award in 2013. Craig worked in law enforcement for nearly 35 years and retired in 2019, only to return to the work he enjoyed mere months later.

Baseball was always a very significant part of his life and because of his achievements, he was inducted into the Hamilton High School Athletic Hall of Fame and the Butler County Softball Hall of Fame. His love of baseball led Craig to want to help others and he gave a great deal of his time to young baseball players working to help develop their skills and achieve their goals. He was not only a great coach, but he became a mentor to many of the players throughout the years, many of whom still acknowledge the positive impact he made on their lives. When he wasn’t on the baseball field, he could always be found fishing. He was an avid, well-respected, and competitive fisherman and won many professional bass fishing tournaments.

Craig was a great friend to all he knew. As one friend described him, he was a 'one phone call' kind of person, you could make one phone call and he would be there to help you, no questions asked. He was a generous, kindhearted, disciplined, and passionate person who treated everyone with respect and loved his friends and family fiercely.

Survived by:
Anne Vaaler - Wife
& son and daughter

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: OH   USA   Tue. Aug. 17, 2021
Summary: Deputy Sheriff Robert Mills died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.


COVID-19, a flu-like virus, originated in Wuhan, China. Worth a mention, the Chinese Government had a biological research facility in that very province. At this point, it was widely held that COVID-19 was a bat-coronavirus and the first case was discovered in Wuhan in Oct. 2019.

On Dec. 31, 2019, Chinese authorities alerted the World Health Organization of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, Hubei province, China, with an unknown cause. Jan 7, 2020 Chinese authorities identify a new type of coronavirus (called novel coronavirus or nCoV).

Despite deaths and an entire Chinese Province(Hubei) quarantined by the Chinese Government, the World Health Organization(WHO) simply declares a global public-health emergency. Despite this serious understatement, on January 31st, President Trump bans foreign nationals from entering the US if they were in China within the prior two weeks. Despite a large public outcry of racism, this move likely saved 1000's of American lives, it would later be deemed.

After a full blown global infection, and an entire country being declared on 'Lockdown'(Italy), on March 11th, WHO declared the outbreak a pandemic. This same day, President Trump bans all travel from 26 European countries. On Mar. 13th, a US national emergency is declared over the novel coronavirus outbreak.

On Mar. 23rd, New York City confirms 21,000 cases, making it the biggest epicenter of the outbreak in the US. On Mar. 31, more than 1/3 of humanity is under some form of lockdown. On Apr. 2nd, the world passes one million COVID-19 infections.

On April 7th, roughly 95% of all Americans are under lockdown, as 42 states issue stay-at-home orders. The entire American economy has ground to a halt. Congress passed laws awarding trillions in grants, loans and other types of assistance to the American working population and businesses.

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