Deputy Collins remembered as dedicated officer, beloved husband and father at visitation service in Olathe

OLATHE, Kan. -- Friends and family of a veteran Johnson County deputy who died in a crash early Sunday are paying their final respects.

Loved ones gathered on Wednesday for the visitation service for Master Deputy Brandon Collins, who was killed during a traffic stop when a suspected drunk driver crashed into his patrol vehicle.

FOX 4's Robert Townsend was at the College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe where the service was held.

Under a partly cloudy sky, people gathered to remember the fallen officer. Firefighters hoised a huge American flag into the air.

Beneath it, members of the Patriot Guard and law enforcement officers stood in solemn salute.

Family members and friends as well as fellow deputies, staff members and administrators from the Johnson County Sheriff's Department came to pay their respects.

Collins is remembered as a dedicated, hard-hardworking deputy of more than 20 years, a beloved father and husband, and a good friend. Family members said Collins was killed in the line of duty just hours after his daughter's fourth birthday.

The visitation service will continue until 8 p.m. Wednesday. The memorial service will get underway Thursday at 2 p.m.

If you want to show support for Master Deputy Collins, you can line 143rd between Black Bob and Mer-Lin as the procession makes its way to the College Church of the Nazzarene on Sheridian.

There isn't going to be a traditional procession to a cemetery as Deputy Collins inurnment will be in Oilton, Oklahoma on Saturday.