On July 11, 2010, Officer Collins was traveling alone from his temporary duty station at the Port of Eagle, Alaska, when he was involved in a car accident.
Personnel from the Alaska State Troopers, National Park Service, Alaska National Guard, Alaska Department of Transportation as well as fellow CBP officers and Border Patrol agents assisted with rescue efforts. Search and rescue workers found Officer Collins' body on August 15, 2010.
Officer Collins joined the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service as an Immigration Inspector at the Area Port of Anchorage, Alaska in May 2002 after 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. Officer Collins was a friend and mentor to all who knew him.
Officer Collins is survived by his wife, his two sons and other family members.