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February 19. 2013 2:17PM
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An old adage in journalism says good stories are all the things newspaper reporters talk about and then never write about.

The implication is that many times we fail to see the stories right under our noses.

This came to mind last week as we at the Dispatch staff discussed the re-naming of the Pittston post office in memory of Pennsylvania State Trooper Joshua Miller who was killed in the line of duty, rescuing a young boy from his own father who had kidnapped him in 2009. (See the photo on page one and story which begins on page 3.)

As we reviewed the photographs of the re-naming ceremony we talked about the amazing young woman prominent in many of them: Trooper Miller's widow, Angela Miller.

We, as do many, know her as Angie.

And we at the Dispatch do feel we know her.

We first met Angie Miller when we named her husband the Greater Pittston Person of the Year for 2009.

Her wounds were still fresh at the reception in early 2010 at which the posthumous honor was bestowed, but she conducted herself with a quiet dignity that touched the hearts of all attending the event.

She spoke with eloquence and elegance and we could not help but be impressed.

As we watched all of this, we kept thinking: and she is so young.

We still think of how young Angie is as she is asked over and over to step to a microphone at events such as Wednesday's in Pittston.

It cannot be easy for her, but she never shies away from what she sees as her duty to her late husband.

And always, there is the same dignity, the same class we first witnessed nearly three years ago.

This young mom was dealt a very difficult hand in life, but never does she talk of her own problems, of being left to raise three daughters on her own.

Rather, Angie talks of her husband, what a wonderful father he was, what a wonderful husband, what a wonderful man.

Well, today, we finally are saying to all what we've been saying so often in the Dispatch office, and that is this:

What a wonderful woman Angela Miller is.

She is a pillar of strength and courage and a role model for us all.

We admire you, Angie.

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