Miller
Miller

The York Revolution will dedicate a game against the Lancaster Barnstormers later this month in honor of fallen Loganville fire Chief Rodney Miller.

The Friday, May 17, game at Sovereign Bank Stadium was already designated Emergency Responder Night, and team officials felt it was appropriate to dedicate it to Miller, said Paul Braverman, team spokesman.

"When we were talking about the game, we thought it would be inappropriate not to do something," he said.

The game against Lancaster gets under way at 6:30 p.m. and is part of the War of the Roses series. Emergency Responder Night is a way for the Revs to honor all those who are first responders, the team said.

What happened: The 45-year-old Miller died April 27 after he was struck by an alleged drunken driver as he was directing traffic at the scene of an crash on I-83 near the Glen Rock exit.

State police charged Matthew Scott Diehl, the 32-year-old Shrewsbury Township man who was driving the SUV, with homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence and other violations. He remains in York County Prison without bail.

After hitting Miller, Diehl, of 39 Valley Road, continued driving until he was forced to stop because of a backlog of vehicles from the crash Miller was directing traffic for, police have said.

Miller was buried Friday.

Raising funds: The Revolution will raise money through ticket sales that will go to program that worked to curb underage drinking.

The Revs have teamed up with the Center for Traffic Safety and will donate $5 of every individual May 17 game ticket sold between now and the game itself.

The money will be used to revive the Community Forum Against Underage Drinking, a program that ended in 2010 after 15 years because of a lack of funding, according to a news release from the team.

"If we can revive this program through this effort, then it will be a ray of light coming out of this tragedy," Wayne Harper, director of the Center for Traffic Safety, said in the release.

Games between the Revs and the Barnstormers are usually highly attended, and Braverman said the team is hoping to raise a large amount of money for the program.

"We're aiming to get a great crowd to get the highest donation possible," he said.

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.