Corporal Frances Marie Collender

Corporal Frances Marie Collender

Delaware State Police, Delaware

End of Watch Tuesday, February 6, 2001

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Frances Marie Collender

Corporal Frances Collender was struck and killed by a vehicle while assisting at the scene of a previous accident.

Corporal Collender had stopped her patrol car behind a van that was disabled in the travel lane on Route 1 near Odessa, Delaware. As she was standing next to her patrol car, her car was struck from behind by another vehicle. Corporal Collendar was pinned against the front of her car. She was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries approximately two hours later. The driver of the vehicle that struck her vehicle was not charged in connection with the accident.

Corporal Collender had served with the Delaware State Police for 4 years. She is survived by her two daughters and parents.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

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Franny, I cannot believe it’s been 20 years since you left us. That cold February morning still sits in my mind as vivid today as it did on that very day. I still remember a nice slow morning of sipping coffee on a rare day off turning into a nightmare, and the gut wrenching and nauseating feeling I had when the phone rang and I was told the horrific news. You and I were shift mates that first year or so I was out of the Academy and we usually worked the “Bravo Car” which was always the dreaded late car. But you always made sure I was OK and didn’t need help with anything before you went duration and it was always something that was never lost on me.

On this 20th anniversary, just know that you are in my thoughts and in my heart always and you will always be missed. I hope you’re up there with Peach watching over your LE family, and of course keeping him out of trouble, lol, and knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. God Bless Blue Angel and until we meet again.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven RizzoDelaware State Police (Retired)

February 6, 2021

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