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Bridge named for late trooper

Members of the family of late Kentucky State Police Trooper Roger Wayne Collier attended the unveiling of a sign dedicating a bridge on U.S.119 in his honor. Pictured are (front row, from left) cousin Joyce Scott, Middlesboro; sister-in-law Valus Collier, Cumberland; grandson Blake Watts, Cumberland; daughter Diane Collier Watts, Partridge; daughter-in-law Jenny Collier, Somerset; granddaughter Jill Collier, Lexington; (back row, from left), son-in-law Rick Watts, Partridge; brother Orville Collier Jr., Cumberland; wife Wanda Collier, Partridge; cousins Tammy Calloway Charles and Danny Calloway of Knoxville, Tenn., and cousin Jimmy Darrell Scott of Oven Fork.

Members of the family of late Kentucky State Police Trooper Roger Wayne Collier attended the unveiling of a sign dedicating a bridge on U.S.119 in his honor. Pictured are (front row, from left) cousin Joyce Scott, Middlesboro; sister-in-law Valus Collier, Cumberland; grandson Blake Watts, Cumberland; daughter Diane Collier Watts, Partridge; daughter-in-law Jenny Collier, Somerset; granddaughter Jill Collier, Lexington; (back row, from left), son-in-law Rick Watts, Partridge; brother Orville Collier Jr., Cumberland; wife Wanda Collier, Partridge; cousins Tammy Calloway Charles and Danny Calloway of Knoxville, Tenn., and cousin Jimmy Darrell Scott of Oven Fork.

A bridge on U.S. 119 at Partridge, near the Letcher -Harlan county line, has been named in honor of former Kentucky State Police Trooper Roger Wayne Collier.

About 50 people attended the unveiling of a sign that honors the late Collier for his long career in public service. Onlookers included many current troopers from the Hazard and Harlan state police posts along with members of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department, the Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department and family and friends.

Before entering police work, Collier, who died in 2000, was a sergeant in the U.S. Army. In addition to working as a road trooper, he was a driver’s license examiner, a detective with the state police special investigations unit, a member of the Kentucky State Police Honor Guard, and an investigator with the state revenue cabinet.

During the event, tribute was paid to veterans of the Cumberland River area, as the names of more than 100 vets were read aloud.

A table filled with old family and work photos and other items greeted visitors to the ceremony honoring late Kentucky State Trooper Roger Wayne Collier of Partridge.

A table filled with old family and work photos and other items greeted visitors to the ceremony honoring late Kentucky State Trooper Roger Wayne Collier of Partridge.

This road marker at the U.S. 119 bridge near Colliers Creek on Cumberland River honors late U.S. Army Sgt. and Kentucky State Police Trooper Roger Wayne Collier.

This road marker at the U.S. 119 bridge near Colliers Creek on Cumberland River honors late U.S. Army Sgt. and Kentucky State Police Trooper Roger Wayne Collier.

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