Friends Remember Flash Flood Victim

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email
Friends describe John Collins as a compassionate man.  They say Collins, who was killed during the flash flood on August 9, was extremely caring and involved in the community.

Friends say John Collins would play Santa Claus every year for the Kiwanis Club.

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Friends of the man killed during Friday night's flash flood tell 11 News they're devastated at his untimely death.

John Collins of Divide died along Highway 24 near mile marker 297. His body was recovered from a large amount of debris.

"It's just very hard to know that someone so amazing and compassionate has been ripped off the Earth so quickly," Jessica Russ-Medovich said.

Russ-Medovich says her family knew Collins well, and looked forward to the holiday season when Collins would put on a big white beard and play the part of Santa Claus for the Kiwanis club. Their three daughters would climb on his lap and share their Christmas wish.

“It was very cool to see John's face light up and know he was bringing something to a child's life,” Russ-Medovich said.

Her husband, Christian Medovich, worked at a construction company with Collins, 53, for several years.

“It was an absolute pleasure to work with him. He really knew what he was doing and was always there to give a helping hand,” Medovich said.

The couple says their family will cherish those memories forever and that Collins will be greatly missed.

Friends are also working to set up a donation fund to help with funeral expenses.

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