Updated: 04/03/2014 6:23 PM
Created: 04/03/2014 4:56 PM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean
The family of a western New York man learned that their loved one is one of the 16 injured in the shooting at Fort Hood on Wednesday. Major Patrick Miller grew up in Allegany, a town near the Pennsylvania border.
Carol Miller says her son is recovering. Miller’s brother says he was shot in the stomach and had one surgery and another one to come.
Berkeley Brean asked, “How did you react when you found out about Pat?”
Tim Miller, brother, said, “A little freaked, but I know he's going to make it because he's way tougher than that.”
News10NBC talked with Pat Miller's brother, Tim, outside his home.
Brean said, “What happened to him. Where was he shot?”
Miller said, “In his stomach.”
Brean said, “Right in his stomach?”
Miller said, “Yeah.”
Moments later, Pat's mother, Carol, came outside. She asked for her family's privacy but then talked with News10NBC about trying to reach her son, Pat, Wednesday night.
Carol Miller, mother, said, “When I tried his phone, a lady answered and I said, ‘Who is this?’ And then she told me what was going on. I wanted to sit down all of a sudden. It was like, ‘Oh my God.’ So, then she told me I don't know where he is now. I said I was in a meeting and said I have to go right now.”
Pat Miller went to his hometown school, St. Bonaventure and was in the ROTC program. He got his master’s at Syracuse University. His LinkedIn page shows two deployments to Iraq.
Back in Allegany, he was a good student and athlete in high school. His coach in football and track was Mike Wilber.
Mike Wilber, coach, said, “He was always one that would do the extra work to try robberies himself. He would always be in the weight room and I think that's one of the things had helped him through this situation is physical fitness. He was always in the best shape he could be in.”
There is a prayer vigil Thursday in Allegany from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Pat is also a huge Bills and Sabres fan. He was honored by the Sabres a few years ago.