PAOLA, Kan. -- They promised his wife and girls they'd be there for them long after they all buried their brother in blue. Saturday, dozens of first responders raised money for the family of the fallen Johnson County Master Deputy Brandon Collins.
Collins was killed last month during a traffic stop after a suspected drunk driver smashed into his patrol unit. His brothers and sisters in uniform miss him dearly and are living up to their promise to keep his memory and legacy alive.
Johnson County Sheriff Sergeant Tyson Kilbey said, "I've never seen anything like that. To put an event together to put it out on a Monday and have to much response to this, five to six days later, is unbelievable."
Teams and individuals took aim at targets at the Hillsdale Lake Firearms Range Saturday afternoon. All entry fees and donations will go to the Collins family through the Brandon Collins Memorial Fund. Many of Saturday's shooters knew Collins well.
Casey Brown knew Collins. She said, "We knew Brandon personally. He ran a lot of calls with my husband because my husband is a firefighter." The mom and her five-year-old son were there supporting her husband who was shooting in the event.
Brown said having a spouse in law enforcement affects all parts of your life as a family.
She said, "You make it part of your family and a lot of these people are our family."
While they did keep scores and pass out awards to the winners, they all agreed the real motivator Saturday was putting money into the Brandon Collins Memorial Fund.