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Corporal Frances Marie Collender

Delaware State Police, Delaware

End of Watch Tuesday, February 6, 2001

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Reflections for Corporal Frances Marie Collender

23 years since you have left us and missed everyday. You would be proud of the Trooper Sam has become and Taylor and her two sons. In our hearts for ever, GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN

Patricia Ennis

February 6, 2024

Hard to beleive it's been 21 years Franny. I did not know you but was the supervisor on scene for NCCPD's Southern Patrol Unit. The stark reality of you in uniform has never left me and is one of the reasons I started participation in the Police Unity Tour. I have participated for 18 years now and head up Chapter IX of the Police Unity Tour. I know your mom and 1st met your daughter when she was at the candlelight vigil with your mom, and guess what - she participated with us last year and even rode into the Memorial!!!! She is back again and part of our family. A family that never forgets.

Retired SSGT. Kathleen Riddell
New Castle County Police

March 24, 2022

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

Rest In Peace Sister in Blue. Thank you Hero and your family for your sacrifice, courage and service. Always remembered.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

February 6, 2020

Rest in peace Corporal Collender. A true heroine!

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 5, 2019

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

April 26, 2017

Rest in peace my sister. Thank you for your service.

Lieutenant Ray Flores (Ret.)

February 6, 2017

You've been gone 15 years ago today. There isn't a day goes by that we don't think about you. You would be so proud of your daughters and new grandson. Love and miss you very much.

Trish Ennis

February 6, 2016

The years may pass but your sacrifice will always be remembered! Thank you Corporal Collender! Rest in Peace!

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, Troop D

February 6, 2015

You will never be forgotten!

Sergeant Raymond A. Peden
DSP / Franny's last supervisor

July 4, 2014

I remember working very close with her over those 4 years and was friends with her when she worked at The Wilmington Medical Center - Delaware Div. Thanks for your great service and will always miss you RIP. I am now good friends with her daughter who is also a Delaware State Police Officer.

Lt. James D. May
New Castle County EMS

February 6, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 20, 2012

Cpl. Collender,
Maam, on today the 11th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Delaware. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

February 6, 2012

Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. 11 years is a long time without you and sometimes I still really need my big sister. I love you with all of my heart and soul and will continue to try and be more like you. Thanks for continuiing to pop up in my dreams and reminding me that I will see you again. Miss you so very much!

Vickie Lynne

February 6, 2012

Eleven years ago today you tragically left us. We remember you every day and your legacy lives on through your daughter, Sam. She is an outstanding Trooper, with more compassion and understanding than you could imagine. You would be so proud of her. We love you and miss you.

Sgt. Chris Ennis

February 6, 2012

Thank you for being a ray of light in a sometimes dreary world. We all still remember your sweet smile...thank you for teaching us so much in life and cherish every moment and not take anything for granted. Thank you for watching over us every day!

Melissa Dalton
Friend & wife of classmate and Trooper

February 6, 2012

Rest in peace Corporal Collender and may god bless you. We remember you today.


February 6, 2012

It's been 11 years since you have left us. There isn't a day that goes by that we don't think about you and miss you. Your death has changed all of our lives and we have taken many new paths to help others with their officer's loss. We are all so proud of Samantha for following in your footsteps and becoimg a State Trooper and we know how proud you would be of her. Love you and miss you.

Patricia C. Ennis
Aunt DelawarenC.O.P.S.

February 4, 2012

Rest in Peace, Corporal Collender. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 4, 2012

I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Cpl. Collender's daughter Samantha tonight at a Phillies game and learned that she followed in her mother's foot steps and became a Delaware State Trooper. After 15 years "on the job" it's times like these that remind me why I started down this path. God bless Cpl. Collender, Samantha and their family and friends. Samantha, feel free to contact me.

Brian Mansfield

April 19, 2011

Thankyou for your service, you are a hero we will always look up too. You will never be forgotten. God bless your family.


February 18, 2011

Hey Darling, talked about you tonight with some of my coworkers, and we came upon this page. I didn't know it existed. Miss you...everyday. The years have gone by it's hard to believe. You were my dearest of friends and I miss our talks, laughs, your goofiness and blond-ness. Sam & T are so beautiful and you would be so proud. I can picture it like it was yesterday, sitting in your kitchen, you giving Taylor ice cream even though she wouldn't eat her dinner, or candy before her bedtime. Your girls were the light of your world. There are so many things we should have done and should be doing, that it is just a reminder to us all not to let a minute pass by to tell those we love how much they mean to us, to do the things in life that mean the most and not let those opportunities pass by, that we would one day say, "I should've or I regret not doing such and such" Life is too short, the past is gone but not forgotten, the future is a mystery and uncertain, and today is the present and should be treated like a gift.

Miss ya friend, Kris


May 14, 2010

You have not been forgotten nor will that ever be the case as those that love your dearly will carry your memory in their hearts and will keep you close to them. Continue to watch over all of your loved ones and close friends.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer; Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

February 6, 2010

Forgive me for missing the anniversary of your E.O.W., but I felt as though I could not continue to read about so many tragedies. I now realize the visit each day to leave a word of encouragement and hope to the loved ones of others, helps me to remember that I am not alone with my pain and heartbreak. So may I say to your friends and loved ones that my thoughts and prayers are with them now and always. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol and may they know you will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

February 25, 2009

Thinking of you and your family on the eighth anniverary of your tragic death. You continue to inspire.

Phyllis Loya, mother of Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05


February 6, 2009

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