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Trooper Larry Paul Collins | Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Georgia State Patrol, Georgia


Larry Paul Collins

Georgia State Patrol, Georgia

End of Watch: Monday, November 5, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile crash

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Trooper Larry Collins was killed in a single-car accident outside Reynolds, George.

Trooper Collins had recently changed posts from the Athens area to Americus and had been testifying in a case in Watkinsville. On the way back, his car struck a bridge abutment. Following an investigation no direct cause was ever found.

In 2014, Special Agent Larry Paul Collins was paid tribute with a special ceremony at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Pineview and wreath laying at the graveside behind the church followed by a sign unveiling on GA 257 at the southern city limits of Hawkinsville.

Trooper Collins had served with the agency for five years. He was survived by his expecting wife, parents, brother and sister.

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This was a reflection left from Special Agents Collins Dad after his death and shared with many a his recent recognition ceremony.

I'm Proud, My Son

Though grief stricken and heartbroken, I'm proud, my son, that God saw fit to share you with me even though the time was token.

I'm proud, my son, of the joy you gave from infant babe through your growing up days.

I'm proud, my son, that I could share your boyhood days, your dreams and hopes, your little boy ways, I'm proud of every hurt I could kiss and ease, proud of every fear I could relieve.

I'm proud of our father and son relationship and how we knew where each other stood, how you accepted my discipline for your own good.

I'm proud, my son, of the man you grew into, the ideals you had and how you knew what you wanted to do.

I'm proud of the trust you placed in your Dad and seeking his advice for problems you had.

When your Mother and I for the first time looked upon your beautiful little face, we said you had to become something great; and I am proud to say, my son, you did not betray our faith.

I am proud, my son, of the career you chose, to help rid society of its criminal foes.

I am proud of the fierce determination you had to do your job well regardless of the woes.

If you had to die, I am proud, my son, that you died fighting instead of committing crime.

Stand tall, my son, for no man has made a greater sacrifice.

Stand tall, my son, for you have paid the price.

I'm proud.

Your loving Father,
J.P. Collins

Brenda Parker
GA Concerns of Police Survivors
February 10, 2015


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