Andrew J. Collins helped to save Ronald W. Nunley from burning, Georgetown, South Carolina, February 22, 1979. In a highway accident, Nunley, 27, was trapped in the cab of his trailer-truck and fire broke out under the vehicle from leaking fuel. Collins, 56, logger, and another man ran to the cab and began efforts to free Nunley as the flames increased. After retreating several times because of the heat, they removed Nunley shortly before the cab was engulfed by the flames.57381-6526
Andrew J. Collins, 86, of Georgetown, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009 at his home.
Mr. Collins was born Dec. 8, 1922 in Georgetown County, a son of the late Elias and Annie Collins. He attended Georgetown public schools and was a member of Mt. Zion AME Church. He was a logger.
Survivors include: his wife, Mary E. Collins; three sons, Andrew Collins Jr. and Thomas Collins of Georgetown, Jimmie Collins of Ohio; five daughters, Earnie Collins of Minneapolis, Minn., Julia Pinckney of McClellanville, Vickie Gibbs of Lithonia, Ga., Mary Penny of Georgetown and Johnette Weathers of Georgetown; and one brother, Walter Collins of Brooklyn, N.Y.