Commander Donafay Collins

Commander Donafay Collins

Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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Donafay Collins

Commander Donafay Collins died after contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among staff and inmates at the Jail Division 2 facility at 525 Clinton Street in Detroit.

Commander Collins had served with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office for 30 years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


  • Age 63
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge 52

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19

communicable disease, COVID-19

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We had that falling-out over that nonsense with the complaint and it always made me sad because I thought you were just cooler than school. I have so many memories of you that make me smile, especially when you were the sergeant of that unit I was in and you had that bright blue suit that you said you thought was kind of loud, but you rocked that suit totally. I remember running into you on Belle Isle over by the big slide, too, and you giving my sister advice because my nephew wanted to DJ and didn't know how to get into the business. I hope Heaven is treating you well and when I get there someday we can sit down and talk about some of those co-workers that made us roll our eyes sometimes.

Former Dep

April 8, 2021

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