Arkansas Soldier Killed in Iraq - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Little Rock, AR

Arkansas Soldier Killed in Iraq

OCTOBER 5, 2004 - Posted at 7:21 a.m. CDT

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - An Arkansas Army National Guard medic from Harrison was killed in Taji, Iraq, on Sunday.

Sergeant Russell L. Collier died when he came under fire while helping Sergeant Chris Potts of Rhode Island, who was wounded when he ran in front of a berm to get a better look at the enemy's firing position.  Potts also died.  The deaths were reported by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reporter Amy Schlesing, who is embedded with the unit.

Potts, of Tiverton, R.I., and Collier of Harrison were the first deaths for 206th Field Artillery Battalion of Arkansas' 39th Infantry Brigade.  Potts died on his 38th birthday.  Collier was 48.

Collier was born in Crossett and began his military career in 1975 when he enlisted in the Army.  He joined the Arkansas National Guard in 1999.

Schlesing reported that the tight-knit Rhode Island unit embraced Collier as one of their own.

The Army said Collier was married and had a nine-year-old son.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Cities to work together for grant opportunities

    Cities to work together for grant opportunities

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 12:05 AM EST2017-11-21 05:05:06 GMT
    Tuesday, November 21 2017 12:14 AM EST2017-11-21 05:14:50 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The cities of Osceola and Wilson will soon collaborate on bringing more grants into Mississippi County after both city councils approved an agreement to operate an intermodal authority.

    The cities of Osceola and Wilson will soon collaborate on bringing more grants into Mississippi County after both city councils approved an agreement to operate an intermodal authority.

  • Organization to host domestic violence training for law enforcement

    Organization to host domestic violence training for law enforcement

    Monday, November 20 2017 10:23 PM EST2017-11-21 03:23:02 GMT
    Monday, November 20 2017 11:47 PM EST2017-11-21 04:47:21 GMT
    (Source: The Haven of Northeast Arkansas, Inc. via Facebook)(Source: The Haven of Northeast Arkansas, Inc. via Facebook)

    An organization that helps victims of domestic violence is hosting a domestic violence training court for law enforcement officials.

    An organization that helps victims of domestic violence is hosting a domestic violence training court for law enforcement officials.

  • Pharmacy break-in suspect still at large after high-speed chase

    Pharmacy break-in suspect still at large after high-speed chase

    Monday, November 20 2017 4:33 PM EST2017-11-20 21:33:54 GMT
    Monday, November 20 2017 11:16 PM EST2017-11-21 04:16:24 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    A Newport pharmacy break-in led to a high-speed chase with officers across two counties. It happened at Darlings Pharmacy around 3:50 a.m. according to a Newport police incident report.

    A Newport pharmacy break-in led to a high-speed chase with officers across two counties. It happened at Darlings Pharmacy around 3:50 a.m. according to a Newport police incident report.

Powered by Frankly