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Lone survivor reflects on shooting that killed multiple Birmingham police officers

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It's been 10 years since what has been called the "deadliest day" for the Birmingham Police Department. On June 17, 2004, Carlos "Curly" Owen, Charles Robert Bennett and Harley Chisolm III were killed during a drug arrest at a house in Ensley. Sgt. Michael Collins, who was with the three officers, suffered a minor leg injury but ended up becoming the lone survivor.

The Birmingham Police Department will hold a remembrance ceremony Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Department's West Precinct. Collins says a member of each officer's family will be in attendance.

Collins tells ABC 33/40 he dealt with survivor's guilt for several years following the tragedy. He also received medical help to deal with depression. Collins says, not only was he dealing with the pain of losing his fellow officers, but also losing close relatives a short time after.

Collins spent a few years in an administrative role before patrolling the streets again in 2009.

Kerry Spencer and Nathaniel Woods were convicted of capital murder in the crime  and remain in prison on death row.

Hear Collins' compelling story as he reflects on this day as well as current Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper, who discusses how the tragedy has shaped the department.

Stay with ABC 33/40 for more on this developing story.
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