Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 22 years
Badge # Not available
Cause: Heart attack
Incident Date: 1/30/1987
Weapon: Not available
Suspect: Not available
Chief James Collins suffered a fatal heart attack while assisting at the scene of an accident.
He was returning to Hanover from the state capitol when he encountered the accident on a snow-covered road when he happened across the accident. Because of the snowy conditions he had the occupants stand on the other side of the guard rail. As he set out flares to warn oncoming traffic another car slid into the original car.
Chief Collins did not return from setting out the flares and his body was found a short time later.
Chief Collins had served with the Hanover Police Department for 22 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.