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Collins was recognized for his heroic efforts by being named one of America’s “Top Cops” by the National Association of Police Organizations. He was presented with a plaque during an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. in May.
Collins was on duty with the Sheffield Lake Police Department in June 2009 when he and his partner responded to a request for a welfare check on a young woman. After knocking on the door with no response, the officers entered the home through an unlocked door. During a search of the residence, Collins found the 27-year-old woman hanging from a sheet in a closet. She had no pulse and was not breathing.
“I knew we had a small window of time and had to act fast,” recalled Collins.
The officers quickly cut the sheet from her neck and began CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The woman began breathing and a faint pulse returned just as paramedics arrived on the scene. She was transported to the hospital where was treated and evaluated.
“I feel fortunate that we could save her. I hope she was able to recover and get the treatment she needed,” Collins said.
Collins and his partner, Sergeant James Mariner, were nominated for the Top Cops award by Sheffield Lake Police Chief Larry Shepherd and the Ohio Police Benevolent Association. Their case was one of 50 cases that received the prestigious recognition during the event, which was hosted by John Walsh from the television program “America’s Most Wanted.”
On LCCC’s campus, Collins was commended during a security staff meeting and continues to receive ample praise from his colleagues.
“Ken did everything he was trained to do and he was able to save a life,” said Keith Brown, LCCC Director of Campus Security. “He has tremendous heart and he has shown that through the quality of work he demonstrates on campus and in the community.”
Collins has worked at LCCC for 11 years and been on the Sheffield Lake force since 2001. He said he enjoys working with the variety of people he encounters on LCCC’s campus.
“I love working at LCCC and I feel humbled by the attention I’ve received,” Collins said.