Melvin Earl CollinsBrunswick Police Department, Georgia
End of Watch: Friday, April 11, 2003
Reflections for Officer Melvin Earl Collins
How true is it that an off-duty cop truly never is. God speed.
This is the true defination of Hero, thank you, Officer Collins, you will be remembered as an inspiration to all of us still out there. To his family, friends, and co-workers, he is in God's elite army of angels. There is no rhyme or reason for such senseless violence, it is pure evil. I am at a loss for words to express the sadness I feel for his family....
KY Peace Officer
My family is truly saddened at Melvin's loss.
He died a true hero!
We all recall you gave your best.
You did your job, now you can rest.
The others now can cover your post
as you take your place with the Heavenly Host.
God Bless Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters.
Our prayers will be with you, your family, and co-workers!
Ptlm. P.K. Harding
Binghamton (NY) PD
Thank You for what you did. You are a true brother! Now rest in peace and please look down and help all the other officers who fight the fight every day.
REST IN PEACE BROTHER. YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN.
My heart goes out to this brave man's family. He gave the ultimate sacrifice. I am sure he would have been a fine officer, and he is now keeping watch from above.
Aunt of Deputy Renee Azure EOW 8/06/02
To Officer Collins family and friends our hearts and prayers go out to you
God Bless you
Terry Miyares, surviving spouse
Officer Emilio F. Miyares, Hialeah PD, FL, EOW 11/6/86
Rest in peace my brother. We will continue the fight.
You're in God's Hands now. Peace be with your family and friends. The Blue Line is thinner today because another Brother in Blue was taken from us. My prayers go out to his family. Patrol the streets of Heaven for us all and one day we will shake your hand when we arrive.
Officer Ronnie Butler
McKinney Police Dept, McKinney TX
may peace and blessing be upon your familey you willbe missed. GOD blessed your dept.
SRO. AR. SWANSON
ROCKINGHM CO. SHERIFF OFFICE
To my Melvin and to all that Read this,
Mel and I went to Southeastern Georgia Police Academy together and got to know each other. Every morning before class, Melvin would hold a prayer gathering for the class. He had an awesome sense of humor and we often would go at each other with jokes trying to tell the funniest jokes. I could say so much about Mel but it would take this whole page. However, I cannot leave without saying to all of you who read this that Mel really enjoyed what he was doing and he wanted to serve others. Some have metioned to me that he should not have been working at this off duty job nevertheless, he gave his life for others by drawing attention to himself so that the robbers would not shoot any more people and he even chased down one of the robbers after he had been shot. So I say to all that question why he was working at this store that we who are Brothers in Blue are 24 hours a Police and never shall I forget Mel.
You have strived for Heavenly home and now you sit at the Master's feet and enjoy all the Pleasures of Heaven,
Farewell My Brother,
Officer T. Edwards
Chatham County Police Dept.
This officer gave his life before being sworn in. How many ways can one say "HERO". An unbelievable man who will be greatly missed.
Deputy Edward Barnett, Retired
Orange County Sheriff's Department
Your career was so brief. Yet is one of bravery and courage as anyone else who has served. Rest in peace for you will be remembered for how you served, bravery courage and dedication.
Inv. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department
To the Family of Officer Melvin Collins,
I share in your grief as my department and I have recently lost a fellow brother in law enforcement and partner. My heart and prayers go out to your family. Be aware that all of us in law enforcemet feel your pain.
GOD SPEED, OFFICER MELVIN COLLINS...
Deputy Kreg Costa
Broward County Sheriff's Office
Such courage and honor this noble warrior displayed. May God give the Family and friends comfort during this devastating time. Rest in peace Brother Melvin you Will Never Be Forgotten.
Son of Glenn Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73
Assistant Chief Carl Wortham
Sand Springs Police Dept. Okla
Rest in peace blue angel.
Thank you for the ultimate sacerfice you have made for the people of your community Officer Collins.
My deepest sympathy to your family, friends, and your department.
Jeff Connell Community Volunteer
Atwater Police Dept.
you have done your time my brother in blue.god bless. we shall not remember how you passed, but how you lived.....A HERO!!!!!!!!!
You are a true warrior!........
Rest in peace brother.......May the ruthless criminals responsible for this murder be brought to justice and sentenced to the most severe penalty. Your service to you community is appreciated by all of us. May God bless you and the survivors of your family.
Pennsylvania State Police
I to am about to graduate from the police academy and embark on my career. To hear of Officer Collins death so early in his career is very sobering to me and the rest of my class. Gods Speed Brother "Nemo Impune Lacessit"
Cadet Robert L. Powers
Alvin Community College Law Enforcement Academy
Deepest sympathy to the family of Officer Melvin Collins.
Only one day on the job and he made the ultimate sacrifice....what a tragedy to lose such a fine young officer so soon. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and with his brothers and sisters on the Brunsick PD.
A dedicated career that never got started. God bless you and your family. May God give them peace in dealing with this terrible tragedy.
Captain Scott Wright
Mount Holly Police Department, NC
Godspeed my brother. The time on your beat on earth was short. Now you'll be watching over us from your new beat above. May God comfort your family and friends during this time. Godbless
THE POLICEMAN'S LAST ROLL CALL ...
THE POLICEMAN STOOD AND FACED HIS GOD, WHICH MUST ALWAYS COME TO PASS. HE
HOPED HIS SHOES WERE SHINING, JUST AS BRIGHTLY AS HIS BRASS. "STEP FORWARD
NOW, POLICEMAN. HOW SHALL I DEAL WITH YOU? HAVE YOU ALWAYS TURNED THE OTHER
CHEEK? TO MY CHURCH HAVE YOU BEEN TRUE?"
THE POLICEMAN SQUARED his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a Saint. I've had to
work most Sundays, and at times my talk was rough, and sometimes I've been
violent because the streets are awfully tough. But I never took a penny that
wasn't mine to keep, though I worked a lot of overtime when the bills just
got to steep. And I never passed a cry for help, though times I shook with
fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept many unmanly tears. I know I
don't deserve a place among the people here, they never wanted me around
except to calm their fear. If you've a place for me Lord, it needn't be so
grand. I never expected or had too much, but if you don't, I'll understand."
There was silence all around the throne where the Saints had often trod. As
the policeman waited quietly, for the judgement of his God. "Step forward
now, policeman, you've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on Heaven's
streets, you've done your time in hell."
Dane County Sheriff's Office
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