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Trooper Brian Keith Nichols | Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama


Brian Keith Nichols

Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama

End of Watch: Sunday, February 17, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 121

Military veteran

Cause: Automobile accident

Incident Date: 2/17/2002

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Trooper Brian Nichols was killed in an automobile accident on Highway 56 near Chatom, Alabama, at 10:45 pm.

He was driving towards his home as his shift was to end in 15 minutes, when his patrol car struck a horse that was standing in the roadway. The impact crushed the roof and A-frame of the patrol car.

Trooper Nichols was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard, United States Army, and had served with the Alabama Department of Public Safety for nine years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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Although today holds nothing special to cause me to focus on our first son-in-law, I have spent much of it with Brian on my mind. I kinda giggled one time when I thought it was prolly because his son officially moved to Auburn this week to begin his freshman year ... giggled because Brian was a RTR man ... and if he was still here, we would have kidded him about it! But I really don't think that is all of why he is so strong in my thoughts. Don't know why - but I'm not questioning it. Time has allowed these times when I am faced with (what I considered) such an unfair ending of his life at such an early age to now be bittersweet, because now my mind goes to the little things that we shared with him personally and as a family. He was special for many reasons - but when he and our daughter gave us two more grandchildren - he was King! So unfair though because he was snatched from my daughter and their babies who were only 5 and 7. Life goes on, children grow up, daughters find happiness, remarry and give us another son-in-law - but nothing can rob us of our memories. We still miss you, Brian. The last time I saw him Feb 15, 2002, I wish I had known it was going to be the last. He was washing his jeep and he peeped around the corner of the house when I stopped by their house ... we just waved across the distance and I went inside. The last sight I had of him ever was him still washing his beloved jeep. Now that too is a sweet memory. Just a little over 48 hours and he was gone. Thank you, Brian, for the effect you had on our entire family. Thank you for all that you were to many, many people. G180 will always hold a special place in my heart and life.

Linda Rowland
August 16, 2014


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