Limestone Sheriff's Office Lieutenant passes away

Published: Jan. 22, 2015 at 6:52 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 19, 2015 at 6:52 PM CST
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Lt. Charlie Collier (Source: Limestone Co. Sheriff's Office)
Lt. Charlie Collier (Source: Limestone Co. Sheriff's Office)

LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The Limestone County Sheriff's Office announced the passing of Lieutenant Charlie Collier on Thursday.

Collier served as the supervising officer and training officer in the corrections division.

Collier and his wife, Myra, were in Birmingham for medical tests that were to be performed beginning Thursday due to a brief illness. Myra found Collier during the night, having apparently died in his sleep.

He joined the Sheriff's Office in 1986 as a jailer. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1998 and served as a supervisor in the jail.

In 2003, he was promoted to Lieutenant and served as a training officer. He planned, researched, budgeted, and performed maintenance for the entire facility.

He also helped the chief jailer in the daily operations and the records division in auditing.

Collier served with the Athens-Limestone County Rescue Squad from his time in high school for many years. He was elected to its highest post, Captain, and was known for his dedication and effort toward fund-raising projects for the first Jaws of Life to be employed on rescue vehicles locally.

He was extremely helpful in getting support for funding for the Rescue Squad. At one time, the standing joke was if the legislative delegation saw Collier coming, they would just get out their checkbooks.

The Sheriff's Office staff said they are devastated by the loss and will announce arrangements when they are finalized.

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