Troy father makes plea to President Trump

February 01, 2018 09:35 AM

TROY - A Troy firefighter and proud supporter of President Donald Trump is thanking Rep. Paul Tonko. The Democrat carried a picture of Paul Collins to Tuesday's State of the Union address.

The picture that Tonko held up as Trump walked to the podium showed Collins holding a sign supporting Trump at the Times Union Center in 2016.

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Collins got to meet Trump that day. In his brief interaction, he asked him to do something about the opioid epidemic. Collins' daughter, Ashley, became addicted to heroin and died in 2015.

Collins reached out to Tonko, hoping what he called a "bipartisan plea for help" would be heard by Trump. 

"For me she was everything. She was my little girl. She went everywhere with me and did everything with me and it was a lot of stress here at home. My current wife had cancer at the same time that she was being treated so I had a lot on my plate," Collins said.

Collins said the reason he reached out to Tonko was twofold, selfishly, to make it known that his daughter was not an addict, she just made the wrong choice.

He also wants Trump to allocate the necessary funds to fight the opioid epidemic and put a stop to the thousands that die yearly at the hands of their addiction.


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