Whitchurch Township Police
May 29, 1968
Constable Gerald F. Mills was a member of Whitchurch Township Police for four years before being killed in the line of duty by an out-of-control vehicle May 29, 1968.
After responding to a collision on Woodbine Avenue just south of the hamlet of Vandorf, Constable Mills deemed one of the drivers to be under the influence of alcohol and placed him in his cruiser. Conditions at the scene of the accident were foggy, reducing visibility down the road. When the officer took one last assessment of the accident, a northbound motorist swerved onto the shoulder to avoid the crash scene and struck Constable Mills. He was taken to York County Hospital where he died soon after.
Constable Mills was thirty-three years old at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife and then-three-year-old daughter. His funeral was attended by more than 20 police services from the surrounding area and members of the Whitchurch Township Police Department acted as honorary pall bearers.