Sergeant Harold J. Collins

Sergeant Harold J. Collins

Metropolitan Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Thursday, May 31, 2012

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Harold J. Collins

Sergeant Harold Collins contracted poliomyelitis while administering mouth to mouth resuscitation of a seven-year-old drowning victim on November 7th, 1955.

He was able to save the life of the girl who was later determined to be a carrier of all three strains of the poliovirus. Sergeant Collins suffered the effects of the disease over the years and retired from active duty in 1979. Sergeant Collins was struck with the post-polio syndrome in 2004 and died of its effects on May 31st, 2012.

Sergeant Collins was a U.S. Navy veteran.


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  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Monday, November 7, 1955

water rescue

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