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Fallen Police Officer Honored in Corpus Christi

Firefighters hoist an American flag on an overpass in Corpus Christi in honor of fallen police officer Alan McCollum as a procession accompanying the officer’s hearse makes it way to Church Unlimited for the funeral February 6. Photo by Amber Weems

The final pass of fallen Corpus Christi police officer Alan McCollum included processions from Corpus Christi, Portland, and other area police departments. The procession temporarily closed streets, including the Harbor Bridge, on Thursday, February 6, as vehicles pulled aside in respect for officers, family members, and friends who accompanied the hearse to Church Unlimited for the funeral.

McCollum was killed January 31 when a suspected drunken driver struck a patrol vehicle during a traffic stop. Officers Michael Love, Kiyomi Muniz, and McCollum were pulling over a car racing along State Highway 358 at Carroll Lane when the accident occurred.

Officer Love is recovering from injuries after being pulled to safety by Muniz.

A native of Bogota, Columbia, McCollum grew up in Reno, Nevada, the son of adopted parents James and Gael McCollum. He served 21 years as a parachute rigger in the U.S. Army, where he was awarded a number of decorations, including the Bronze Star.

He joined the CCPD in 2013, where he served on SWAT and was a member of the Honor Guard. He received the Life-Saving Award in 2019. He and his wife, Michelle, have three daughters.

Funeral services were held Thursday morning at Church Unlimited in Corpus Christi.

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