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January 20, 2006

Albany -- The Albany Police Department has discovered a previously overlooked officer who was killed in the line of duty in 1920. Through the years his death was forgotten, but now the Department will make sure he is honored.

28 year old Patrolman Marion C. Collins was shot and killed February 9, 1920 while making an arrest for possession of liquor.

 Collins had returned from service in World War One to rejoin the Albany Police just months before he was killed. Newspaper accounts say that R.S. English of Moultrie shot Officer Collins at Grady Street, which is now the First Tee Golf Course behind the Civic Center.

Collins' nephew told the Albany Police about their forgotten fellow officer. Now they are adding him to their role of honor. Lt. Tracey Barnes said "We are going to get a plaque and put it in our memorial in our museum, honoring Officer Collins. We are also going to put him on our guardian out front of our building. Plus in May when we do the law enforcement memorial ceremony, we are going to add Officer Collins to that ceremony."

Albany Police are still seeking more information about Officer Collins. They are not sure what happened to English, who confessed to murdering the officer.

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