LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office announced the death of longtime officer Lt. Charlie Collier on Thursday.
Lt. Collier served as a supervising officer and Training Officer in the Corrections Division.
The Sheriff’s Office said Collier and his wife were in Birmingham for medical tests following a brief illness. He passed away during the night in his sleep.
Collier joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1986 as a jailer. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1998 and served as a supervisor in the jail. In 2003, he was promoted to Lieutenant and served as training officer. His duties included planning and research, budgeting, and maintenance for the entire facility.
He also assisted the chief jailer in the daily operations of the jail, and the Records Division in auditing all prisoner and arrest data.
Lt. Collier also served with the Athens-Limestone County Rescue Squad from his days in high school, for many years. He was elected to its highest post, Captain, and was widely known for his dedication and effort toward such projects as fund-raising for the first Jaws of Life to be employed on rescue vehicles locally. He was instrumental in obtaining support funding for the Rescue Squad by hounding previous legislators such as Tommy Carter and Tom Butler. At one time, the standing joke was if the legislative delegation saw Charlie coming they would just get out their checkbook.
The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office asks that you remember Collier, his wife, family and friends during this time of grief.
Funeral arrangements are pending.