Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff James Brian Collins

Bladen County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Wednesday, September 26, 2001

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff James Brian Collins

Jamie, you will be sorely missed. You always had smiling face to greet everybody. And when times were tough, you could always pick up everybody's spirit with a joke. I know that you are looking down on us from Heaven above. You still have a job to do, just only from a better place.

To Tiffany and the boys, Jill, and Randall, Jamie will always be with us in spirit. He will always be looking over you.

So BCSD Car 33, keep up the good work in Heaven above.

Michael Storms, Fire Fighter
Wilmington Fire Dept.

I would just like to say that I had a great time working with Jamie.The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Jamie is "HARDCORE" with a very happy heart. In my opinion a perfect combination for an outstanding police officer. Jamie,although I only knew you and worked with you for a short time......It hurt me to find out that you were gone. As I read the paper over and over again it became even harder to believe. God bless you and your family!!

You will be missed!!!

PFC. Brian Roof (EPD 115)
Elon Police (Former E-Town PD_Daddy)

WROTE IN MEMORY OF JAMIE COLLINS
BLADEN COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT/CC33

I once was an officer
who patroled the streets below
I did the job as best I could
until it was time to go

When I got to heaven
I spoke of all my friends
I talked about the battle
of good and evil they are trying to win

I told him they needed our help
to watch over them everyday
To be by their side
keeping them out of harms way

We talked about situations
that an officer has to face
And how everyday they risk their life
to make the world a safe place

I explained what it was like
to see a childs face full of fear
They have to be strong
as they bend down to wipe away a tear

Sometimes they don't have a partner
as they respond to calls alone
We need to be with them
so they can safely make it home

You see they are special people
just trying to do their part
If others could only see
behind the badge lies a heart

There was nothing more I needed to say
I knew that he would understand
For it was at that moment
I saw the scars in his hand

He knew all about sacrifice
and what it was to give
To put your life on the line
so others could safely live

He knew about my family
that I had left behind
He knew about my love for them
that would be there through out time

He knew I wanted to watch over them
to protect them in anyway
To keep them loved and unharmed
each and everyday

He looked at me and smiled
and assured me I was not alone
In keeping those safe
that i had left back home

He said that the angels
would be watching over officers,family, and friends
Guiding them through life
until there journey ends

And as I watched him walk away
I wiped away a tear
Because with him as a partner
There was nothing to ever fear


Sonya
Bladen County Sheriff DEPT
911/SUPERVISOR

dear jamie
this is dave, all of of us are still here "fightin crime"

jamie i remember when you would drive by the jail and i would dive into the passenger side of your patrol car and we would go "get into somethin" i miss you so much.

i kept thinking that i would get on over this void and get back into the routine, not so. i just cant seem to get the cape i thought you wore to fit me, i miss you.

central called me and said we lost another officer and i said "who?" and they said you. i jumped up and said hold on i will be right there. i thought that if i could get to you i could fix you. your wife looked at me and jeff b. and i know she wanted us to bring you back. i miss you.

i did not cry when they said you were gone or when i said goodbye to you in the er. car 1 said that you had switched uniforms and i realized that you were really gone and i had a void that would not be filled. i miss you.

jamie i am going to look out for tiff and the boys and the rest of your family as best i can. now i am going to try to say goodbye as best i can. i miss you.

DEPUTY DAVID MCDANIEL
BLADEN COUNTY SHERIFF DEPT.

I really don't know what to say about Jamie. Those who knew him also probably feel the same. He was just too extaordinay to describe. One thing is sure, the world has lost one of the best human beings anyone could ever hope for. Part of me takes comfort knowing that his last moments were spent doing what he loves most, side by side with one of his closest friends. But on the other hand, that comfort fades when I realize that never again will I cut up with him or here him crack those "off-the-wall" jokes that helped make them the vibrant, happy-go-lucky person that we all know and love. I feel so lucky though to have had the opportunity to have gotten the chance to talk to him one more time just a few hours earlier that night. I got the chance to tell him "thank you" and "goodbye". That last conversation will forever echo in my head and my heart. I know there are many that didn't get that chance but wish that they could have.

To Tiff, Darren, Nicholas, and the rest of the Collins' family. My prayers are always with you. Jamie loved you guys more than anything and was always so very proud.

Jamie Collins will always loved and admired, remembered and respected by all who knew him. He will always remain in our hearts and minds forever.

Erin
EFD

For Jamie- BCSD Car 33
"10 feet tall and bulletproof"

You gently spread your wing
Just in time for one last flight.
Your life you lived to the fullest
And then wandered aimlessly into the night.

Where have you gone, my friend?
Oh, how we wish to have you back.
Laughing, joking, and smiling that wonderful smile
With a brightness that I often lack.

You will always be loved and missed by all
Remembered and respected by many, many more.
My heart knows that you still watch over us though
As, through, life we carry out your each and every chore.

Well, friend, you now hold all of the answers
The rest of us have yet to find.
Is it just as you had expected and hoped?
Is it the heaven that you had in mind?

JBC 9-26-01
We love and miss you always.

Anonymous

Jamie was one of the finest people I have ever had the pleasure of being friends with. Not only has the law enforcement community lost a great hero, so have we all. He is always in my prayers & in my heart.

Aimee Clark Carlen

It's so touching to see the number of people who felt compelled to say so many kind words about Jamie. I didn't know him professionally like so many others did; our relationship goes back to our childhood and onward into our school days. I have always felt like our families were parts of each other, and when he passed away, I lost a brother and a part of myself. I have never known a happier, crazier, more loved spirit than Jamie, and I will miss him until my dying day. He was a dedicated father and law enforcement officer, and a dear friend who brought light into the lives of everyone he ever met. His children will have countless stories and reflections from the people who loved him so much to remind them that their father was a great man. I wish them strength, love, and hope in knowing that Jamie is with God in Heaven smiling down on them as well as all of us.

Elizabeth McKeithan Groves
Friend

To the one of the best friends ,co-workers and heroes that I have ever known. James B after reading all of these reflections and kind words from so many of those who loved you I can barely see through the tears to write this. But this will be short because words cannot express the pain that I feel and can never express how much I am going to miss you. I just want you to know that I have a bone to pick with you when we meet again. I am sorry my brother that I was not there to watch your back but God has a plan for you and there is nothing that any of us could do to prevent this tragedy. I wanted you to come with me to Kosovo to be my partner and that was selfish of me but who can blame me for wanting the best partner in the world. I am no different from anyone else I felt safe as long as you were around. That meant that I could let my guard down once in a while. The time that I spent working with you at Elizabethtown was unforgettable and there will never be a duo like E-town 105 and 116. Those were the best times of my Law Enforcement career. You were my motivation. There was nothing that we could not do together. I would give anything to have those times back. Well James B I guess I have rambled enough about us just know that I love you and what a reunion we will have. Oh and thanks for being such a powerful force in my life and bringing me so many unforgettable memories. You will be with me everytime I go to the gym, on patrol, on my Harley, you will always be by my side 10 foot tall and wall to wall. God speed my brother.

To Jill and Randall. I am sorry for your loss and I know that times will be hard trying to cope with this. But rejoice in the fact that Jamie was loved by all and more than that he was respected by all. Jamie represented his profession and family with the utmost professionalism. You can take pride in knowing that you did an outstanding job in raising Jamie to be the hero that he was.

To Tiffany Darrin and Nicholas. I think you know how much Jamie meant to me and as easy as it is to say this comes from my heart. If it was possible for me to take Jamie's place I would in a minute so that he could watch Darrin and Nicholas grow up. But there was another plan of a higher making. Jamie was a true hero in every sense of the meaning.

Gary B
Elizabethtown Police Dept.

All of us who knew Jamie as a friend or coworker are truely saddened by the loss of such a special person. We are left here to deal with this tragic event, and wish that we had the answers to give to his family. Although we may never know the answer to why this happened we will always have the wonderful memories that Jamie gave to each and everyone of us. Jamie was more than just a friend to me he was a larger than life individual. Jamie and Tiffany came into my life about 5 years ago when he was working with Elizabethtown Police Dept. Since the night that I was introduced to him and Tiffany we have shared many crazy but wonderful times. Jamie was the proudest Officer about his job that i had ever met. He loved his job almost as much as he loves his wife and children. I now count my blessings for having known him for as long as I have. God brought Jamie into all our lives for a reason and now I know that reason was so we could all see what it means to be a truely good hearted person. There is not an Officer that Jamie worked with or knew that did'nt have the greatest respect for him.. They knew he was the one you could ALWAYS count on. He not only applied that logic to his job but to his wife and family too. This community has really pulled together during this time of sorrow and it is all due to what Jamie Collins gave to each of us everyday. There is a big hole in this world that no one will ever be able to fill, but if I know Jamie he's keeping them all in line in heaven. Jamie I will miss the trips to the beach and all the other places the four of us use to go, but I thank you so much for all that you gave to me while you were here. And to the Elizabethtown Police Dept and Bladen Co. Deputy's, THANK YOU for the great job that you all do on a daily basis, make him proud. Tiffany your new journey has just begun and please know that not only will I always be there for you and the children, but so will many more. God bless you and your family with the comfort and strength that you will need in the months to come.

Ellen Dowless

Ellen Dowless

I have been sitting here reading the reflections about Jamie and it is still hard to comprehend that he is not on this earth with us anymore, although I know that he is in a much better place now. It brings tears to my eyes as I sit and read the reflections and think of Jamie.

I was with the Bladen County Sheriff's Department for approximately seven and a half years and worked with Jamie while he was with the Sheriff's Department and Elizabethtown Police Department. Jamie was as good an officer as anyone could ask for. Whether you needed help or just someone to talk to, Jamie was your man. I had only been gone from the Sheriff's Department for a few months when I received a call about five in the morning from Investigator Matt Dennis. Matt told me that Jamie had been killed in a car chase. After getting off the phone I just could not believe it because Jamie was larger than life. How could this have happened to him? I could not stop thinking about it then and I still cannot stop thinking about it now.

Jamie was the type of person that would do anything in the world you asked him to. He was always so full of energy and stamina. I thought I was a happy and excited person but Jamie takes the cake. Every time I saw him he would always shake my hand in a very firm grip and talk with me for the longest time. He would ask how things were going and we would just sit and talk about different things in general. One thing we would always talk about though was our jobs. I love law enforcemnent and Jamie did too. Every time I talked to him he was excited about his job and we would trade stories and look forward to our next tour of duty. Well, Jamie's tour of duty is over with this department but he is just beginning another one in a much better place. Jamie will always be with us and watching over us in that same manner he always has, with a smile on his face and that upbeat personality. He can now be with and watch over each and every one of us.

To Jamie's parents and his brother I say to you I know that it is hard going through this but Jamie is still here and always will be. He may not be here in body but I promise you he is smiling and watching over each one of you and is looking forward to the day he meets with you again. God Bless You.

To Tiffany and the boys I know that you know how much Jamie loves you. He was so proud of his family and talked about you all the time. I know that he will be a guardian angel and watch over and protect the three of you for the rest of your lives. May God Bless and be with you as well.

Another officer has been called to a greater duty station and that's one more too many. But at least we know that officers like Jamie are watching over and protecting us. I had a poem that someone gave me and I wanted to add it to this page because I thought that it was appropriate for the family.

They say memories are golden,
well, maybe that is true.
I never wanted memories,
I only wanted you.
A million times I needed you,
a million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you,
you never would have died.
In life I loved you dearly,
in death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place
no one could ever fill.
If tears could build a stairway
and heartache make a lane,
I'd walk the path to heaven
and bring you back again.
Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one,
the chain will link again.

Jamie, we love you brother and look forward to seeing and being with you in that higher place one day. be with us and protect us each and every one.

SA Woody Avant
ATF

I have been working with the Sheriff's Dept for 4 years and Had the honor of working with Jamie when he was with the Elizabethtown Police Dept and with the Sheriff's Dept.Jamie was the one who you could always depend on for answering a call,answering any questions about law,always telling you what was on his mind,and most of all for being a good friend.He was one of the best officers I had ever seen do the job well.It is tough knowing he is not here with us in person but I know he is with us on duty now and in our hearts forever.Thanks for being there for us.Until we meet again.

Telecommunicator Burt Brisson
Bladen County Sheriff's Department/911

JAMIE THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'VE EVER EXPERIENCED ANYTHING LIKE THIS ,I MISS YOU A BUNCH. WHEN I WENT TO YOUR FUNERAL I HAD ALWAYS HEARD HOW CLOSE LAW ENFORCEMENT WAS AND NOW SINCE IVE BEEN WORKING AS DISPATCHER LAST 4 YEARS I REALIZE IT. WHAT I SEEN AND FELT AT YOUR FUNERAL WAS UNREAL, I WAS REALLY TOUCHED AND SO VERY PROUD TO BE PART OF BLADEN COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE, LIKE YOU ALWAYS WERE.
I HAVE BEEN GOING OVER PAST INSTANCES SINCE WE WERE WORKING TOGETHER ALL KIND OF CALLS COME TO MIND ESPECIALLY THE TIME YOU WENT 1043(CHASE)AIRPORT ROAD IN E-TOWN, YOU ENDED UP AT A RESIDENCE ON WHITE PLAINS CHURCH ROAD GOING AROUND AND AROUND THIS HOUSE AND IN BETWEEN YOU AND THE HOUSE WAS A DOG HOUSE AND ILL NEVER FORGET YOU TELLING ME THAT EVERYTIME YOU WOULD GO BETWEEN THESE TWO OBJECTS YOU WOULD RUN OVER THE DOG CHAIN AND THE DOG WOULD HOLLAR BUT SHORTLY
THEREAFTER YOU HAD SUB IN CUSTODY.ILL NEVER FORGET THAT LAUGH,ALSO WHEN YOU WORKED WITH E-TOWN PD YOU STARTED A TRADITION THAT IN MY OPINION ENDED WITH YOU IN BCSD,YOU WOULD CHECK ON DUTY AS NOT 33 1041 BUT AS 3-3 1041 THERE WAS ALWAYS THAT HYPERNESS IN YOUR VOICE WHEN YOU CALLED AND I KNEW I HAD BETTER BE READY FOR ANYTHING BECAUSE YOU USUALLY WERE BRINGING SOMEBODY IN.BUT ILL NEVER FORGET THAT NO MATTER WHAT TYPE OF CALL OR WHERE YOU WERE AT YOU WOULD CLEAR YOUR CALL AND WOULD CHECK ENROUTE FOR BACKUP
SO 3-3 IM GOING TO CLOSE NOW IN SAYING I MISS YOU BUT I KNOW YOU ARE IN COMMUNICATIONS WITH US EVERYTIME SOMEONE NEEDS SOME ASSISTANCE SOMEWHERE IN BLADEN COUNTY.KEEP YOUR EYES ON US AND THANKS 3-3.


ONE OF YOUR DISPATCHERS
PATTI

PATTI YANDLE
BLADEN SHERIFF / 911

Jamie was a good friend of mine. He worked with me at central. I will really miss him He was like my second son. My son loved Jamie as a brother.I say one last thing James Brian [Jamie]Collins you will be truly MISSED !!!!!!!!!!!!!

dispatcher Woody Lancaster
Bladen County Sheriff's Departament

PRECIOUS IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD IS THE DEATH OF HIS SAINTS. PSALMS 116:15

As I sit here trying to find the words to express my deepest sorrow for Tiffany, Deron, Nicholas,Jill, Randall, and Chad, I find myself trying to imagine the hurt,anger,confusion, and absolute loss that you are facing. I wish I could tell you that I knew how you felt to maybe somehow ease your pain, but I don't. But do know that you are all in our prayers and thoughts everyday.

I feel so lucky, honered, and proud to have known Jamie. He was not only a fellow Bladen County Co-worker, but also a friend to my husband and myself. I can recall many times that Jamie showed up on a rescue call as an officer making sure the scene was safe for EMS and gladly lending a hand to help in any way he could. As well as showing up as a first responder with Lisbon Fire Dept. Those of us who serve our communities (Police, Fire, EMS) do have a special bond that holds us in brotherhood and when one of those brothers are taken from us, it sadly affects us all, but it also gives us the strength and courage to continue our relentless quest to help others. These are not just jobs for us this is who we are and helping others is who Jamie Collins was. Jamie, you will always remain in our hearts and memories. You will be missed terribly. Thank you for always being there.,

To Deron and Nicholas, Your Daddy loved you very much, You were his world. Always know that your daddy was a fine, respected, and loving man. I know that he will be watching over you both and guiding you into the right paths through-out your lives. He will always be with you.

To Tiffany, I remember the many times you and I talked about the crazy things our husbands did as we worked together in the ER. I know that Jamie and the Boys were your life. Remember that for the Boys, Jamie will live on through you and that for you, he will live on through your Children. He loved you dearly and everyone could tell. My prayers and thoughts are with you. I know he will also protect and watch over you. I love you!

To The Officers of Bladen County Sheriff Dept., There is not a day that goes by, that I don't look at you and see Jamie. Thank you all for the Wonderful job you do protecting and serving us all. Jamie also lives on through you. My prayers are with you guys.

CHRISTINE MARLOWE, EMT-P
BLADEN CO. EMS

For those of you who did not know Jaime, let me tell you he was not just a nice guy who happened to be a police officer. Jaime was a police officer, a father, a husband, and a very good friend to a lot of people. Jaime was the type of person that would stop at nothing to help you and go out of his way to make you happy. Well with Jaime around there was no way you could not be happy, just one look at that smile and you had to smile back at it. My father is a police officer and worked with Jaime for many years. Every time they got together they always talked about the new “toys” (their new guns), and then they would start bragging about their kids and wives. Jaime never let you go until he had said these words “ let me tell you what my boys did the other day… I am so proud of them…they are my pride and joy”. Jaime loved his kids and his wife very much, and would do anything for them.
Jaime was a wonderful police officer; he would never leave an officer alone on any kind of call. If my dad got a call Jaime would be the first person to back him up, or another police officer. I have heard my dad say many times that if he had to get in a fight the one person he would want beside him would be Jamie. I do believe that any other officer would say the same thing.
Jaime was one of my many big brothers, since I am an only child I need big brothers to look out for me. When I would come home from college he would always stop me and ask how school was, how I was doing, and if there was anything he could do for me. If I ever had to go out late at night to the grocery store or anywhere in town and he saw me he would go with me, because he did not want me to go alone. He did this to any police officers family.
Jaime was the type of guy that every body loved. Jaime loved his job, his family, and friends, to make it simple he just loved life. Jaime was a God-fearing man. He always said “if it is my time to go then it is my time to go, I am not going to argue with Him about it.”

In addition, I would just like to say a few words to Jaime and his family…

To Tiffany, Your husband was a great man, and he was one of the best officers I know (besides my daddy) I loved him very much and I will miss him very much, but you can be sure he is watching out for you and your boys everyday and night. He is now your permanent guardian angel. He will be with you now and always. Just turn to God and he will show you a way to help heal the pain. I love you and your sons and you are in my prayers.
To Jaime’s parents, your son touched a lot of people in ways no one can describe. He was a wonderful person and he learned it all from his two wonderful parents. I loved your son like a brother and a best friend. He was my protector and now he is with you and me everyday. Be faithful in God and He will show you away to get thought this. The pain of losing a son will always be there but so will the memories of Jaime and his spirit. I love you both and you are in my prayers.
To Chad, I know you are hurting, but now Jaime is with you where every you go to protect you and guide you in your life. I never got to know you that well, although Jaime did talk about you a lot. But I can see Jaime in you, and you know he is with you always. Look to God for the answers and He will give them to you.
Jaime, I love you, I just want to say thank you for looking out for me when I need you and thank you for looking out for my dad. I am going to miss you very much, and I have cried for days about this. I know you are now with me every were I go, but it still hurts. Who is going to stop in the middle of town just to say “Hi”, who is going to go with me to the grocery store at 1:00 in the morning, and who is going to flash his lights at me to let me know you are following me through town. Jaime, I don’t understand any of this, but I guess I will have to figure it out some how. Thank you for being such a good friend.


Until we meet again be with me every day and help me thought life, I Love you


- Your Angel

Izma Guyton
Daughter of Officer Ron Guyton

To the Family, Friends and Coworkers of Officer Collins,

Everyone in the Law Enforcement, Fire, and EMS community holds a special bond together. Our number one goal is to help the community in any way that we can. Whenever we lose one of our own, it hurts us all, wether we knew them or not. I did not have the priviledge of knowing Officer Collins, however, I have several friends who did and there is no doubt that Bladen County has suffered a tremendous loss. It is my understanding that he was a great officer and person. I have family and friends in Bladen county and I am comfortable knowing that that they are taken care of by you all. Keep up the good work that you do for your community.

Brent Corbett, Paramedic
Pender County Rescue Squad, Pender East EMS

There is noway to explain
the hurt we feel inside
The pain is felt so deep
feelings we are unable to hide

Jamie was one of those people
his laugh could change the day
He would pick or joke when times were sad
and he did it in his own unique way

He made a special effort
to stop and say "hello"
Spend a moment talking
but soon he would need to go

He would go and do his job
that without a doubt he loved to do
He seldom ever called it a day
until the job was through

And when back-up was needed
you would hear him respond to the call
There was no need to wonder
you knew he'd be there giving it his all

In our hearts he'll live forever
for no one can take his place
We'll miss the things he did
and we'll remember the smile on his face

We'll always long to hear
"33 Bladen County I'm 10-41"
But in our hearts we know
Jamie's work has just begun

For he's checking on for duty
in a much better place
He's looking down upon us
and he has that smile on his face

He knows his jobs important
for he's been assigned to me and you
To try to guide and protect us
until our day is through

I'm sure we'll think about him
each and every day
And we know that he is with us
Watching out for us every step of the way

Co-worker and friend
Bladen County Sheriff Department

Our family's hearts are broken and as I wrestle with the words to say, I ask the Lord for strength. I have absolutely no doubts that Jamie was good at his job. He had many, but the one I knew him to do so well was loving and caring for his family.
As I recall his son's being born, the look in his eyes was priceless. He loved Tiffany and the boys with all his heart. He went the distance for them. Through good times and bad he held his head high and proud, and never let his guard down. That was the man I knew.
To my sister, I will always be here to hold your hand.
To my nephews, Daddy will always watch over you.
To his parents, He was proud because of you.
And to all his friends and colleagues who continue to risk their lives everyday, hold your heads high, He would be proud............

Alinette

When I first met Jamie he was a little boy, but he grew into a very nice and loving young man. He will truly be missed by everyone. My heart reaches out to Tiffany, Deron, Nicolas, Jill, and Randal. May God Bless and Be with all of you through your difficult times. I know Jamie is smiling right now because he also did.

Gayle Shaver and Family
Neighbor

I had the privelege of knowing and growing up with Jamie over the last twenty-five years. We did everything from ride the school bus together, worked together at Elizabethtown Police Department and even worked together on our days off. I will never forget the trouble we got into together in school. Jamie was a true friend to me and I will miss him dearly forever.
Jamie, thank you for everything you ever did for me and my family. We were always trading favors back and forth to each other and no matter how much you ever did for me, I will always owe you for just being there. You never once refused to help me do anything. Don't worry, I'll always be there for your family just like nothing has ever changed.
Jamie,I love you, brother. Your memory will always be with me in everything I do.

Det. Fred Fulkerson
Elizabethtown Police Department

Leiutenant Collins, I don't know how to start, but by saying I Love You Man. You will be missed but not forgotten, your smile, your joking, your strength to carry the Fire Dept., you loved so much, please watch over us and we will see you one day. We will look out after Tiffany and the BOYS you better believe. May GOD watch over every one that puts their life on the edge every day, be with us and May God Bless Us All.

CHIEF, KENNETH T. CLARK
LISBON FIRE DEPARTMENT

I had the honor of working with Jamie Collins for over three years at the Elizabethtown police department and we graduated from rookie school together Jamie always had a smile on his face and could make you laugh. I have never seen more courage,integrity,and dedication displayed by another officer than what Jamie displayed day after day as he worked his watch. If I ever got into a tight spot I could count on Jamie to be there to back me up. Jamie loved his job and stated that he did on several occasions and it showed in his work. The law enforcement profession has lost a great warrior and we who knew him have lost a true friend. Jamie's job required him to keep the peace and this he did to the best of his ability and God's Word tells in Matthew chapter 5 verse 9 "Blessed are the peace makers for they shall be called the children of God". My prayer for Jamie's family is that God will comfort you with that peace that passeth all understanding. Jamie I will miss you and remember you for always, so until we meet again sleep well my brother for joy cometh in the morning.

Sergeant Lonnie Cheshire
Elizabethtown Police Department

While working in the Law Enforcement field, the community most of the time takes for granted the sacrifices that officer’s give up for them. Deputy Jamie Collins is no exception. Jamie protected Bladen County to the best of his ability from the first day he was on the job. Unfortunately I was never able to work directly with Jamie, I know several guy’s that did who have nothing but good things to say about him. Jamie had often said that he was felt ten foot tall and bullet proof, I don’t think that Jamie felt that he invincible by this statement, I think that he was expressing how happy he was with his life both at work and at home.

While attending the service for Jamie and I was flattered by the professionalism of the officers involved in the service. They truly showed how much they respected him. Despite the fact that Bladen County will never be able to repay Jamie or his family back for the sacrifice he gave, at least the service shows how much they respected him and cherished all of the times they had together. Jamie was well liked and he will be missed by all who knew him.

No matter how many times we are cursed or how many times people disgust me by their actions showing they have no respect for our jobs or what we sacrifice for them, one thing will always stick in my mind. The hundreds people who lined the funeral procession route showed how much they cared. These people could have been working or doing something else, but yet they took time out of their schedules to pay their respects. Not only paying their respects for Jamie, but also showing all the rest of the officers in the procession that they respect what we do. The things that touched me the most were the people standing along the route with their heads bowed, and school the two students standing with flags on the sidewalk. It was as though they were saluting the courageous officer who paid the ultimate price for the County that he served.

The scripture quoted at the service I thought was fitting. "Greater love hath no man that this... that he lay down his life for others."

Jamie keep up the good work in a better place. We will all miss you very much, you touched many.

Inv. Rodney Warwick
Bladen County Sheriff's Department

Love and comfort to Brian and his friends.
I've been there, and I know how much it hurts, but I also know how much happiness Brian wishes on all of you. You will meet him again. God bless you, and I pray that your grief can lessen with time.

Casey
friend of Cpl. Joey Cushman
Arlington PD, Texas
e.o.w. 6/7/01

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