Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Kenneth L. Collings

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Friday, May 27, 1988

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Reflections for Police Officer Kenneth L. Collings

kenny thinking of you always... this time of year is always hard... i miss you so very much, i think even more as time goes by,as your nieces and nephews grow, marry and have kids of their own. they all know you through us, and you know, my favorite brother, you will never be forgotten so long as we live. not even then. i believe you are with mommie and daddy and kitty, i love you all. i tell them that in prayer all the time, but you remind them, ok. i dont want to end this but i must ken, im having some trouble seeing the keys. i will see you soon. love always ,always,

kim tagani
sister

November 28, 2018

Proudly mailed my NO PAROLE letter today. To the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Collings: I am sorry that you have to re-live your pain. Officer Collings, Thank You for your service and sacrifice! You are not forgotten.

Allie
Proud to Support All L.E.O.’s
Married to a Corrections Deputy

June 18, 2018

Kenny I still miss you to this day. We had some great times on and off duty you were the best. Thanks for watching over me during my career. Till we meet again.

Officer Eddie Rizo
Phoenix Pd (squad mate)

May 25, 2017

Dearest sister Kim,
I think of your brother each year, I was there on that tragic day. I still cry around this time of year as I am for you today after reading your birthday tribute to your favorite brother.
He was so brave, you should have seen him.
Love to you and your family,
Linda

Linda white
Was there

May 17, 2017

happy birthday my favorite brother! i have been up most of the night( as usual ) anyway, i could not let this day go by without my heart happy you were born. you just left me to soon. i know will never heal from that heal from that tragic event. but then you know me and how i am. more officers have recently been murdered and my heart cries for them. i pray all the time for for the law enforcement in our country, all over the world, for that matter. i pray that all your brothers in blue, who were so very wonderful to us, are all happy and healthy. they also loved you , but you know that. how did i ever get this old ? my wonderful friend from edon house keep asking each other that! its amazing that she and i are only a few left. most are gone already. but i know you and will be together soon. then maybe we can raise some mischief in heaven! ha ha ha i know you'd be up to a little fun with me. i miss you soooo much and somehow i know you hear me. love you love you love you

kim(howes) tagani`
sister

November 10, 2016

hello again brother. still, not one day goes by without me thinking of you. it shall be your birthday soon and i remember your 10th so vividly. you were at my and big garys' wedding. sadly he is also with you. actually, i should say joyfully, for i know you are both with our Father in heaven. Think not for one minute that you will as soon see my face for i would not for one minute , if possible be without you. life is a bitch and you are really heavy on my mind these days. perhaps that means something, i don't know. what i do know is that you are forever with me, you are my favorite brother(private joke) and always i carry you with me,not close to my heart, but you are my heart. Can't think more, my eyes can't see so well. But to you my tears are heard and you know how dearly i love you. kim

kim tagani
sister

October 23, 2016

Hey Ken, another sleepless night and thinking of you again. Nothing new. I am so very grateful to all of you who still remember what a great man and officer you were. I often look at this page and I notice a lot of people are still writing in your honor. I thank each and every one of them who continue to do that. It reinforces my belief that there are still good people out there who don't forget. Many still care and sound like they always will. I think maybe all the officer shootings lately are bringing to mind the pain and suffering those families will go through. I pray the Father gives them some peace. They will, sadly, soon realize there is no such thing as 'closure'. I dislike that word. It implies that some day you shall be able to 'shut the books' I can't and I am not an exception, I'm sure. My deepest sympathies go to each and every survivor out there. I wish I had some sage advise for you who have lost so much, I don't. I pray also that all those families keep the faith and remember you also will be together with your loved ones when the time comes. Last but not least, I love you Ken and I learned long ago to always let those words be the last words I speak to anyone I do love. They were to you, and still are.

kim tagani
sister

July 26, 2016

hey brother its me your sister and friend i still think of you all the time and now a lot of good memories come flooding when i need them most! but i miss you most of all, always will, i guess. still have pics all over house and i just love your smile. still cant figure out how you aren't here. you remain always in my heart and to tell you the truth i cant wait till we are together again,but all in Gods time. all the bad things going on in the world, all the other officers being gunned down-shit my heart breaks for all those families all over the world.if they read this please know my prayers are with you all. as some one has already said, blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall see the face of God. i'm starting to not be able to see the keys now so i have to go but i love you SO much,jeez, i miss my favorite brother. even if i had another, you would STILL be my favorite! see you soon and always in my heart,kim

kim tagani
sister

July 15, 2016

I still think about you and remember what a kind man you were. I worked at a convenience store and you would come in and check on us. I always felt safe knowing you were around. I always looked forward to you coming in. You always had a smile and a glimmer in your eye. You loved what you did and you were so good at it. I am honored that I knew you - God Bless you and may you be at peace.

Anonymous
friend

June 22, 2016

Please say a prayer for Officer Ken Collings. We lost this officer in the line of duty on May 27, 1988, another tragic day that Phoenix Police Officers unfortunately remember all too well. Rest in Peace Sir- you will never be forgotten.

Susan Parker
Phx P.D. - Retired

May 29, 2016

I can't believe it's been 28 years; I can still hear your voice like it was yesterday. I'm still heartbroken.

Phyllis Flores
friend

May 27, 2016

Officer Kenneth Collings was a friend and a colleague. I was a personal banker at the Valley National Bank of AZ on that fateful Friday. I had seen the perpatrators the day before. They came into the branch through the door on the east side facing 21st avenue. I asked them if I could help them and they said no in Spanish.

The next afternoon when Ken would have normally been in the bank lobby he was in the break room enjoying some food at the potluck we had that day when the takedown robbery occurred.

One of the bank tellers broke protocol and entered through the south back door and alerted Ken that we were being robbed. When the robbers exited we had jobs to perform. Mine was to lock the exit door on the east side.

Ken almost knocked me over while trying to get out. I told him they had guns but he was already out the door. He shouted for them to stop and shot once in the air. They both returned fire. Ken had taken cover behind the side of a bed of an old double steel walled Ford pickup.

They had armor piercing bullets and Ken received a wound to the forehead. He passed a few hours later. Ken had a premonition and a few weeks earlier had told the operations manager that he was considering not being our Friday afternoon Phoenix police officer.

The Friday before the robbery he had agreed to continue on because of the family like friendship he has with us.

I miss Ken and always have since that day. He was truly a part of the family of employees at that Valley National Bank Branch.

I was one of the witnesses many years later at the trial of the robber that escaped initial capture.

Ken has been and will always be a part of my life and I will always be greatful to have been a friend and colloeagu

Personal Banker, Kevin L. Dunn
Colleague and friend at V.N.B.

May 20, 2016

I remember standing with all the supporters and Ken's finace in the FOP watching the news reports.
Channel 5 made it a point to interview the suspects family. How the media how sorry they were all the while sneaking the suspect out of the country.

Ken was a good friend and an excellent officer. I tip my hat to the prosecutors office and investigators for finally bring the guilty to justice.

Rest in Peace.

Officer G.M. Fuller
Phoenix PD

May 29, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

May 27, 2015

Dear Kenny:

I feel your spirit visit with me. I am prompted to summon up the courage and determination to go on, and I am reminded of what a reliable, brave human being you were who regularly helped others. You were the BEST Phoenix police officer and Ortega, Garcia, and the rest really should admit to this. Alas, you know how rumors are.

I know that you are restless for the fire fighter responsible for a group of extorters harassing, tormenting, driving your sister Kitty to suicide and those covering for the fire fighter to be brought to justice. You inspire me to do my best to not let that fire fighter's cohorts manslaughter me as well before everyone involved has been apprehended.

Merry Christmas to the spirits!

In The Name Of God

December 17, 2014

loving and missing you always,my favorite brother! :)

kim tagani, sister

March 10, 2014

thinking of you its 2014! love and miss you so,always remember,you are in my thoughts and heart, I know you are safe now, in the hands of The Father in good company never forget our times together, kim

no rank, kim
sister

January 5, 2014

Kenny I just wrote this long letter to you, my favorite brother,(seriously, how long did that one take to get?)anyway my friend stopped by and had to show me again how to get to the other comments left by others,and i'll tell you, its amazing Kenny, you were truly loved by many. a beautiful legacy you left. I'm proud to be your sister.You are everything I always knew you to be.I wear the shirts you gave me all the time. You have no idea how often I got asked when was I in the Marines(this was when I was younger, of course)and as badly as I wanted to kid with them, I was always so proud of you, I had to talk about you. anyway, this real nice officer got me to the site I wanted to see. He reminds me of you, kind of. Really caring, really nice, proud to be a cop and seems like the kind of man who should be in law enforcement. Not at all the scary kind where you go like, oh, my God, who the hell gave this guy a gun and a badge. you know what I mean, we used to talk about that stuff. I like this guy,he seems to be what law enforcement officers should be made of. He knows(kind of) all the heartache Phil has put me through, and is good enough to check up on the situation.Well,Kenny, i'm getting tired. you would be shocked to see my house. and i'm getting to damn old to do it like we used to. talk soon, my friend , I miss you so much.Damn...well, soon enough kiddo. love, your sister, (you know, the wacky one...LOL....)kim

no rank, kim
sister

December 23, 2013

Kenny,
I met you sister Kim the other day. I only spent a few minutes with her but I could tell she loves you and misses you very much. She told me how proud she is of you and sacrificing your life so that others may live.
Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. May you and your famiyl find peace this holiday season.
"In valor there is hope".

Sergeant Sean DeGrilla
Orange County Sheriff's Office, FL

December 14, 2013

just got this damn computer fixed, so thought i'd stop and say 'nite,i'm tired of this damn machine! but love ya Kenny


kim

no rank,sister kim
sister

December 11, 2013

kenny, i was just writing about stuff and telling you some very kind officer down here gave me this web site. your bravery has never been forgotten, not by one day. i miss you so much, you wacko funny brother!i know you hear my prayers, though i need not worry, for i know you and everyone else in the family are in the safe loving hands of the Father.That officer gave me a wonderous gift with this web site. i almost feel like when we wrote while you were in boot camp, and we were sharing so much of what we both had to do. i loved your letters, i didnt feel like i was alone in boot camp, you know. remember the lawn on the college? oh,shoot.i looked at you and said, oh my god, thats my brother! fun days wish you were here, but i shall see you soon,give mommie and kitty and angelo and all the others my love. tell Gary that i really miss his 'Lucy, I'm home! i know he's making you laugh. love you so, kim

kim tagani, sister, no rank
sister

December 10, 2013

just saying hi again big brother.you know I always said that even though you were my baby brother. but you always took care of us, which made you look big in my eyes..you are the best man even have known. oh, how I miss you. The Father knows how badly I needed you right now, so yesterday, I met an officer who recently lost a brother in blue, really kind man and told me about this web site. He surely knows our needs. hope Daddy and mommie and Big Gary are doing good. I miss you, brother, you are in my thoughts everyday and this is the only way I can let you see my words. member the day I saw you in your dress blues? I jumped on you like a little monkey. happy memory, one of many. love you more, your sister kim

kim tagani
sister

December 10, 2013

Kenny,, I love you so much,this is me, but you already know this. you are my hero and I am so proud of you. but I would rather have you with me. you know what has happened so just hang to the love and admiration so many people have for you. you are my hero. I pray I will be with you soon. remember the love and laughs we shared. mommie ,kitty, dad, angelo. I want to be there with you guys. see ya soon,favorite brother.:] kim

kim tagani
sister

December 9, 2013

25 years ago today. You saved our lives in that bank. You have never been forgotten.

Susan Whitson
Friend

May 27, 2013

Ken, today we, The Marines of the Phoenix Police Department, will buy a memorial brick bearing your name, to be placed as part of the walkway, at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, VA.
Although, you and I had never met, we Marines never forget our own. Rest Easy Warrior. Semper Fi!

Lt. Steve Soha PPD / (MGYSGT USMC)
Phoenix Police Dept / US Marine Corps

May 3, 2013

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