ITHACA, N.Y. — A police procession is bringing Officer Colin home Tuesday.

Officer Colin, who was recently promoted to Lt. Colin, will come home Tuesday evening surrounded by the community he always made smile. The procession will travel from Syracuse Hancock Airport to a private funeral home in the Ithaca area.

Colin Hayward Toland was the Ithaca Police Department’s youngest officer at 10 years old. He died Saturday at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Colin was battling brain cancer and had tumors off-and-on since he was about 2 years old. He lived in remission for several years until the cancer returned in 2015.

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Lt. Colin’s family wrote on Facebook that he “returned to the cosmos in the loving embrace of his family” on Saturday. “His passing was more peaceful and gentle than we could have imagined. On his last day, he went outside and felt the sun on his face and the wind in his hair.”

It was always a dream of Colin’s to become a police officer, and that dream came true in September 2016 when he officially joined the ranks of the Ithaca Police Department. His great jokes and spirit made him a symbol of hope in the community.

At 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, the Ithaca Police Department will receive him with a full Police Honor Guard service.

The following is a schedule of the police procession:

  • 6:32 p.m. American Airlines flight 2036 is scheduled to land at Syracuse Hancock Airport
  • 6:45 p.m. Ithaca Police Department receives Officer Colin’s body with full Police Honor Guard service
  • 7 p.m. Police procession anticipated to leave Hancock Airport with multi-agency police escort
  • 7:35 p.m. Police procession anticipated to travel through Cortland on NYS Route 281
  • 7:50 p.m. Police procession anticipated to travel through Dryden on NYS Route 13
  • 8 p.m. Police procession anticipated to arrive at a private funeral home in the Ithaca area
  • Members of the media and public are asked to break away from the procession at the intersection of NYS Route 13 and North Triphammer Road.

The public is encouraged to support the procession, but the Ithaca Police Department said it cannot recommend a safe place to view it, as it is mostly traveling along highways. The slowest spot of the procession will be as it turns onto Route 13 in Dryden.

Following the Ithaca Police Department on Facebook and Twitter for live updates in case there are any changes to the schedule.

Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at koconnor@ithacavoice.com and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.