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Collins, Michael Benjamin 1970 - 2011

COLLINS, HAMMOND, DORAN, HATFIELD, FENDERSON, DIGGS

Posted By: Denise Wurner (email)
Date: 12/21/2011 at 19:22:40

Submitted by Marthann Kohl, posted by permission

Source: Hoy Funeral Home

Michael Benjamin Collins
Born: February 8, 1970
Place of Birth: Omaha, NE
Death: September 18, 2011
Place of Death: Shelby, IA
Occupation: Shelby Volunteer Fire Dept.

Survivors:
Pauline P. Hammond, Mother
Jack Hammond, Step-father
Fred L. Doran, Father
Tanya Lyn Collins, Spouse
Vanity Collins, Daughter
Jasmine Collins, Daughter
Kayla Hatfeild, Daughter
Mike Collins, Son
Fred Collins, Brother
Al Fenderson, Brother
Darlene Diggs, Grandmother
David Collins, Brother
Al Fenderson, Sr., Step-Father

Life Legacy

Michael Benjamin Collins age 41 of Shelby, Iowa passed away September 18, 2011. He was a member of the Shelby Volunteer Fire Department.

Michael was preceded in death by his brother David Collins and stepfather, Al Fenderson Sr.

He is survived by wife Tanya Lyn Collins, son Mike Collins, daughters Vanity Collins, Jasmine Collins, Kayla Hatfeild, mother and stepfather Pauline and Jack Hammond; brothers, Fred Collins and Al Fenderson; grandmother, Darlene Diggs.

Visitation will be held Thursday 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Hoy- Kilnoski Funeral Home. Funeral Service is at 11:00 A.M. Friday also at the funeral home. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha. Family will direct memorials.

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Published in The Daily Nonpareil from September 21 to September 22, 2011

Michael Benjamin Collins, age 41, of Shelby, Iowa, passed away September 18, 2011.

He was a member of the Shelby Volunteer Fire Department.

Michael was preceded in death by his brother, David Collins.

He is survived by wife, Tanya Lyn Collins; son, Mike Collins; daughters, Vanity Collins, Jasmine Collins, Kayla Hatfeild; mother and stepfather, Pauline and Jack Hammond; brothers Fred Collins, Al Fenderson; grandmother, Darlene Diggs; and stepfather, Al Fenderson, Sr.

Visitation will be held Thursday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, also at the funeral home, Rev. Mr. Monty Montagne officiating. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha, Neb. Family will direct memorials.

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Published in Omaha World-Herald from September 21 to September 22, 2011

Collins, Michael Benjamin
Age 41 - Sep 18, 2011

Shelby, IA. He was a member of the Shelby Volunteer Fire Department. Michael was preceded in death by his brother David Collins. He is survived by wife Tanya Lyn Collins, son Mike Collins, daughters Vanity Collins, Jasmine Collins, Kayla Hatfeild, mother and stepfather Pauline and Jack Hammond, brothers Fred Collins, Al Fenderson, grandmother, Darlene Diggs and stepfather Al Fenderson Sr.

VISITATION will be held Thursday from 4-8pm at Hoy- Kilnoski Funeral Home. FUNERAL SERVICES will be held at 11am Friday also at the funeral home, Rev. Mr Monty Montagne officiating. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha. Family will direct memorials.

HOY - KILNOSKI
FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY
1221 North 16th Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
712-256-9988

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Source: knodfm.com

Funeral Services for 41 year old Michael Benjamin Collins of Shelby will be held at 11am on Friday, September 23rd at the Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home in Council Bluffs. Burial will be in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha. Michael Collins passed away on Sunday, September 18th. Survivors include his wife Tanya Lyn Collins, his son Mike Collins, 3 daughters: Vanity Collins, Jasmine Collins, and Kayla Hatfeild; mother and stepfather, Pauline and Jack Hammond: 2 brothers, Fred Collins, Al Fenderson, Grandmother, Darlene Diggs, and stepfather, Al Fenderson, Sr. The Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home in Council Bluffs is in charge of arrangements where visitation will be held Thursday, September 22nd from 4 to 8pm.

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Source: ketv.com

Iowa Firefighter Killed While Directing Traffic
State Patrol Identifies Victim As Michael Collins, 41, Of Minden

POSTED: 11:20 pm CDT September 18, 2011
UPDATED: 8:45 am CDT September 19, 2011

NEAR SHELBY, Iowa -- A Shelby firefighter has been killed while directing traffic around an accident scene on Interstate 80 in western Iowa.

The Iowa State Patrol identified the victim as 41-year-old Michael Collins, of Minden.

The patrol says Collins was struck by a car around 6:50 p.m. Sunday at the scene of the earlier crash on Interstate 80 just east of the Shelby exit in Pottawattamie County.

The patrol said Collins was hit by a car driven by 43-year old David Lee Thies, of Ames.

The accident is being investigated.

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Source: southwestiowanews.com

Possible scam under way in aftermath of accident that killed man on interstate

Published: Thursday, September 22, 2011 11:03 AM CDT

SHELBY – A few days after the death of firefighter Michael Collins the members of the Shelby Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department are reporting there’s a scam under way to fleece residents of memorial dollars.

On Sept. 18 Collins, 41, was directing traffic around a crash near the 34-mile marker of Interstate 80, near the Shelby exit, when a 2001 Honda Accord driven by David L. Thies, 43, of Ames, struck the firefighter, according to the Iowa State Patrol. The accident occurred at about 6:50 p.m.

Collins was pronounced dead at the scene.

On the night of Sept. 20 an automated “Code Red” call went out in the city of Shelby informing citizens officials set up a memorial fund for Collins’ longtime girlfriend and two daughters at Shelby County State Bank.

According to Shelby Rescue Chief Rodney Robinson, a handful of individuals reported receiving an “800-number telemarketer call asking for donations to the fund” that same night.

Robert Hall, a Shelby firefighter and paramedic, said the individuals received a call asking for donations over the phone, using a credit card for payment.

“Thank god they didn’t donate,” Hall said.

“There are low-life people in the world and that’s as low as you can get,” Robinson said. “We ask anyone that receives the (scam) call to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.”

As of Thursday morning, Shelby County Sheriff Mark Hervey said he hadn’t been contacted by Shelby Fire and Rescue and first heard of the possible scam from another media outlet. He said he plans to look into the matter.

Hall said the department hadn’t contacted the Sheriff’s Office yet because “We’re still trying to track some people down, find out if there were any others contacted.”

Hall said the proper method for donating is to give to the Fire and Rescue Michael Collins Fund at Shelby County State Bank.

“We just want it out there: there’s no telemarketing going on for Michael Collins,” he said.

– Reporter Mike Brownlee can be reached at (712) 325-5732

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Source: kjan.com

Memorial Fund established for fallen Shelby Firefighter’s family

News
September 20th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Shelby County Emergency Management Coordinator Rob Seivert says a Memorial Fund has been established for the family of a Shelby firefighter who died in the line of duty Sunday night. 41-year old Mike Collins, from Minden, was struck and killed by a car while directing traffic at the scene of an accident in Interstate 80 eastbound just east of the Shelby exit, at around 7-p.m., Sunday. No charges have been filed, but an investigation into the accident continues.

Collins is survived by his longtime companion, Tanya Collins, and two daughters. Seivert says donations are being accepted at the Shelby County State Bank for the family of Michael Collins. Donations may be dropped off at the Shelby branch of the bank, or mailed to Shelby County State Bank, Shelby Branch, Post Office Box 279, 425 East Street, Shelby, Iowa, 51570.

A visitation for Mike Collins will be held from 4-to 8-pm Thursday, at the Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home in Council Bluffs, where a funeral service will be held at 11-a.m., Friday.

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Source: kjan.com

Shelby Firefighter killed at accident scene

News September 19th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A volunteer, on-duty firefighter with the Shelby Fire Department was struck and killed by a car Sunday evening at the scene of an earlier crash on Interstate 80, in Pottawattamie County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 41-year old Michael Collins, from Minden, IA, was directing traffic at around 6:50-p.m. just east of the Shelby exit on I-80 eastbound, when he was hit by a car driven by 43-year old David Lee Thies, of Ames.

Thies‘ 2001 Honda Accord was in the closed lane of traffic when it hit Collins. Collins died at the scene. His body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny for autopsy. The accident, which remains under investigation, closed I-80 eastbound for about two-hours.

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Jeff Beiermann/The World-Herald
Published Tuesday September 20, 2011

Interstate walks full of danger

By Andrew J. Nelson
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
« Metro/Region

Iowan was always willing to help
I-480 victim recalled as selfless

Attention, motorists: If you have to get out of your car on the Interstate, you might very well underestimate the speed of oncoming traffic. And that misperception could kill.

Over the past week, at least six people have died on Midlands Interstates while outside of vehicles.

Iowa and Nebraska officials in safety, roads and law enforcement say motorists need to think twice before getting out.

"It's hard to judge ... how fast someone is moving," said Sgt. Scott Bright of the Iowa State Patrol. "It's like looking up in the sky. The planes look like they are barely moving."

Experts say there are several things people can do to prevent car-pedestrian Interstate collisions, but most boil down to a single point: Pay better attention and use common sense.

Both Iowa and Nebraska have so-called move-over laws, which require drivers, if possible, to move over a lane if emergency vehicles are by the side of the road. Neither state requires that for stopped private vehicles, but it's still good practice.

"From a defensive driving standpoint and from a courtesy standpoint, any time (drivers) see a car by the side of the road . they should move over," said Tracy Webb, director of traffic safety programs for the Nebraska Safety Council. "Granted, that's not always possible. They need to slow down. They need to pay attention. ... You never know when a door is going to come open."

On Sunday evening, an Omaha man, Brian T. McConeghey, 39, was trying to retrieve a chair that had fallen from his truck on the northbound lanes of I-480 near Martha Street when he was hit by a minivan.

Earlier Sunday, volunteer firefighter Michael Collins, 41, of Minden, Iowa, was directing traffic at a crash scene on I-80 near Shelby, Iowa, when he was hit by a Honda Accord.

On Friday, a Des Moines man, Brandon Townsley, 26, was crossing the southbound lanes of I-35 near Ankeny with gas for his disabled vehicle when he was hit by a semi.

And last week, four people died near Grinnell, Iowa, when a semi hit two towing company employees and a truck driver working on a disabled flatbed truck on the I-80 shoulder. The semi driver and the three who were hit died.

People behind the wheel need to stay alert for things going wrong.

The roads are full of people whose minds are not on driving. And it's not just the proliferation of mobile phones and texting.

"Their minds are just wandering," said Webb. "It's not on their driving, and driving is a dangerous thing for people to be doing. You have a 3-, 4-thousand-pound vehicle. ... Sometimes they are just not with us, so to speak."

If you have a breakdown or run out of gas, officials say the first thing to do is put on your hazard lights. If possible, stay in the vehicle and call for help. Options include calling 911 — it's OK for Interstate breakdowns, say state troopers in Iowa and Nebraska. Or call a motor club like AAA.

You can also simply sit by the road with flashers on; someone will eventually stop.

If you have to get out of the car and walk along the freeway, walk as far from the roadway as possible. That may mean walking in the ditch. Avoid walking on Interstate shoulders because many of the crashes happen there.

If you have to cross lanes of traffic, make sure there is no car remotely close. If one is coming your way, it will almost always be going a lot faster than it looks. And the person blasting down I-80 at 70 mph is not expecting you.

"People on the Interstate are driving, and the last thing they are expecting is a pedestrian," said Steve Gent, traffic and safety office director for Iowa Department of Transportation.

Bright, the Iowa state trooper, knows. He had a close call years ago near Mitchellville, east of Des Moines. A semi whooshed by him at about 60 mph.

"I was at an accident scene and I was taking measurements and I was down on my knees, and there was this semitrailer about three inches from my head," he said. "You could hear the semi coming, and I look up and it was right there."

All you have to do, Bright said, is move over. If you can't do that, slow down.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1310

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Published Tuesday September 20, 2011
Iowan was always willing to help

By Maggie O'Brien
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

Michael Collins was a guy known to help his neighbors and his community.

"He was a good volunteer, always there to lend a hand," said Shelby, Iowa, City Councilman Bob Seitz, who lives across the street from where Collins lived. "And he was always on watch in the neighborhood. He kept an eye on everybody."

Collins, 41, a Shelby volunteer firefighter, died Sunday night after he was struck by a car on Interstate 80. He was directing traffic around an accident near the Shelby exit when a 2001 Honda Accord driven by David L. Thies, 43, of Ames, Iowa, struck the firefighter, said the Iowa State Patrol. The accident occurred about 6:50 p.m.

Collins was pronounced dead at the scene, the State Patrol said.

Scott Miller, the patrol's public information officer, said Collins was directing I-80 eastbound traffic to the right lane. As Thies approached the scene he could not stop his car in time and veered left, hitting Collins, Miller said.

Miller said it appears alcohol was not a factor in the crash. He was unsure if speed was a factor.

Collins was wearing a jacket with reflective stripes on it.

An investigation into Collins' death continues. Miller said he's unsure what, if any, charges Thies would face.

"This is a tragedy," Miller said.

Collins is survived by his longtime companion, Tanya Collins, and two daughters, according to Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home. Tanya Collins declined to comment Monday.

A visitation is planned for Michael Collins at Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral is planned for Friday at 11 a.m. at Hoy-Kilnoski, with burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha. The family will direct memorials.

Said Seitz, the firefighter's neighbor: "It's been a rough day."

Mike Brownlee of the World-Herald News Service contributed to this report.


 

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