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Bourbon loses officer, friend

February 4, 2011

BOURBON — The Bourbon Police Department, Town of Bourbon and the community lost one of its most memorable leaders and friends Friday morning.
Bourbon Assistant Police Chief and town council member Gary Collins, 49, was found unresponsive at his home at approximately 5 a.m. Friday morning. He was rushed to Kosciusko Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead from natural causes, of an apparent heart attack.
It was reported that after working a 3 to 11 p.m. shift the evening prior, Collins had returned home and went about his normal routine.
Born and raised in the community, Collins was the father of three children. His wife Rose and two daughters survive.
A Triton graduate, Collins took his roles in the community seriously and was very proud of being the local DARE officer. He annually read a moving story accentuating his belief that if only one child was affected by his teaching to refrain from drug and alcohol use, it was well worth the effort.
This was his fourth year serving as a council member and his 18th year with the Bourbon Police Department. The loss of his life will go much further than filling seats or positions however; he will be missed by those close to him and remembered by many.
Fellow officer, Bourbon Police Chief Bill Martin, the responding officer to the scene, shared his sentiments to the community and Collins family. “Assistant Chief Gary Collins was an important part of the Bourbon Police Department for nearly 18 years, and he will be greatly missed,” Martin said. “Gary cared about the people of the Town of Bourbon and served them well over the course of his career. Our hearts go out to his wife, Rose and his daughters Jeanna and Danielle.”

Comments

I have known Gary for the

February 9, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 31 weeks ago
Comment: 13177

I have known Gary for the longest time with me being only 19 years old. He was my DARE officer and taught me a lot about how we as a whole should not be getting involved in drugs and that sort of nature. He really cared about the community but most importantly his family. He made a difference in the community and thats what I loved most about him. Like I have said, I have known Gary since I was in grade school and my heart goes to his family. I know that Gary is up there with his son and enjoying every second with Nathan and God. Let this bring the community of Bourbon together and praise the life of him.

WE WILL MISS YOU!

February 8, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 31 weeks ago
Comment: 13174

When the Lord was creating peace officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one." And the Lord said, "Have you read the specs on this order? A peace officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn't touch, and not wrinkle his uniform. "He has to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day. "He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half-eaten meals. And he has to have six pairs of hands." The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands... no way." "It's not the hands that are causing me problems," said the Lord, "it's the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have." "That's on the standard model?" asked the angel no said the lord thats on a good police officer, and his has name is gary collins!

Officer Collins Will Be Missed!!

February 5, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 31 weeks ago
Comment: 13170

He made a great impact on my children as a DARE Officer..His work was not done in Vain..!!! My family will be praying for everyone who new him and will MISS HIM!!..May He enjoy his time with Jesus.. In Heaven!!!
May God Bless You
Joyce L

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