Roadside memorial honoring Johnson County deputy killed in line of duty must be removed

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If you drive down 69 Highway, just north of 151st Street, you’ll see a memorial for fallen Johnson County Master Deputy Brandon Collins. A former co-worker and his wife put it together in honor of Collins, near where he was killed in a crash.

Now, the Kansas Department of Transportation is calling for it to be removed as soon as possible, saying drivers stopping to take photos is causing a potential safety hazard.

FOX 4 has been told it’s been an emotional day for deputies as word spread, a memorial that has kept them going, honoring a fallen friend, must be taken down.

Master Deputy Brandon Collins

Master Deputy Brandon Collins

Just a few feet away from where Master Deputy Brandon Collins took his final breath, stands a memorial handmade by a former coworker and his wife. It reads, “All gave some, some gave all.”

Deputy Collins was killed on 69 Highway. Investigators say Collins pulled over another vehicle, when a suspected drunk driver crashed into his patrol car.

Many say the memorial has been a pillar of strength for friends and coworkers of Deputy Collins, but soon it will no longer sit along 69 Highway.

KDOT tells FOX 4 the memorial is causing safety concerns, as drivers have been stopping to see it and take photos. While there is no written policy on memorials, KDOT says the safety of drivers is their number one priority. KDOT broke the news to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office that it must come down. No word yet on exactly when the memorial will have to be removed.

FOX 4 did speak with the couple who created it. For now, they have no comment.