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Memorial Installed for Fallen Deputy Ken Collier at Santee Sheriff's Station

He was killed more than two years ago in a wrong-way car chase on SR-52.

Santee Sheriff's Deputy  while trying to stop a drunk driver going the wrong-way on SR-52 more than two years ago in Santee, making the ultimate sacrifice to keep other drivers safe.

A new display case honoring the fallen Deputy is featured in the lobby of the , and was installed in a recent dedication ceremony.

Collier was in a ceremony that inducted his photo on a wall in the William B. Kolender Sheriff's Museum that honors fallen deputies.

Witnesses to the 2010 accident testified that they saw a sedan going the wrong way on westbound  at 3:15 a.m. It was foggy and the roads were wet that morning. One woman testified that she saw the headlights coming the wrong way, pulled over, saw the Deputy's car with flashing emergency lights chase after it, and then saw it crash and burst into flames.

Collier -- who was engaged to be married -- died after being flown to a hospital.

Jose Lopez Jasso pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter and other charges in the Feb. 28, 2010 death of Deputy Ken Collier, who was in pursuit of Jasso.  to more than eleven years in prison for the incident.

Bill Howell September 18, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I'd like to pose a question to my fellow readers. While I am saddened by the loss of this fine man, who did die while trying to do his job, is it right to put his memory on the same plain as one who lost his life say engaging an armed suspect in a gunfight, or running into a burning building to save someone? Do you think we should have two categories of remembrance....active law enforcement duties vs. auto accidents, heart attacks on duty, etc? The information I have is that Ken was in pursuit on the wrong side of the freeway, and was not wearing a seat belt. His death is regrettable, but not in the same category as a deputy who fights it out with an armed assailant to protect the innocent. Very much like making a hero out of the CHP pilot who flew into a mountain in his patrol plane out in Borrego. It turns out he had the plane on auto pilot and died of a heart attack because of his physical condition. What do you think? Two categories? Or are they all heroes because they died on the job?

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