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Patrolman Thomas H. Collins

Millis Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Friday, June 16, 1978

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Reflections for Patrolman Thomas H. Collins

It's been 38 years, but I can still remember you sitting in my parents kitchen. Your with them now Tommy.
I love you my cousin.
Mary Lou
Retired

n/a
Cousin/LHPD

July 28, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

June 16, 2015

Its Been 38 years Hard to believe it seems like yesterday I hope you and Mom are enjoying Heaven

Retired SGT
Mass State Police

June 16, 2014

I remember you as Uncle Tommy. I have many good memories of visiting you in Millis. You were always so kind and fun. I always looked forward to spending the day with you and my cousins. Though I was very young when this happened, I remember the sadness. My family thinks of you often.

Kirsten (Collins) Coburn
Niece

January 28, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

November 21, 2012

Patrolman Collins you are remembered for your dedication to duty. RIP

Det. Michael Kane
Boston Police Dept.

January 25, 2012

My Dear Cousin, I can't believe it's been 33 yrs, I remember receiving the call from my Dad, who loved you like a son, called me crying telling me what happened. I still remember the times you would stop in at my parents house and how I would baby sit your children.
I know you have been watching over your family and I know your with my Mom & Dad.

RIP
I Love you & miss you
Your cousin
Mary (Lou) (Harrison

Mary (Harrison) Magyar
Cousin

September 3, 2011

Dad,

I can't believe it has been 32 years. I remember that night like it was yesterday, We all miss you.

Love

Scott

Sergeant
Mass State Police

June 16, 2010

I always think of you dad. Take care of Mom. Love your son Scott

Sergeant
Mass State Police

June 16, 2009

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

February 18, 2008

Today marks the 28th anniversary of your death. I know you've been watching over your family and they feel your presence.

May God bless them and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

June 16, 2006

Patrolman Collins, you are not forgotten

June 16, 2005

Patrolman Collins,
On today, the 27th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of Millis.

R.I.P.
Anonymous

June 16, 2005

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