Every day, when he’s riding in the back seat of his parent’s car, Brandon Bautista passes by the memorial of the sheriff’s deputy that sits by the side of U.S. 69.
“Deputy Brandon Collins. All gave some. Some gave all,” said the blue and white sign.
Because they share the same first name, Bautista feels a special connection with the fallen deputy.
“We have the same name,” Bautista said. “Brandon Collins and Brandon Bautista.”
And, so, when his birthday rolled around this year, the Kansas City, Missouri boy decided, instead of asking for something for himself, he’d do something different – raise money for Collins’ family.
“I want to be a firefighter when I grow up, so I really support cops and paramedics and firefighters that die,” Bautista told KMBC.
He asked his mom if he could just ask his friends to bring cash.
He was hoping to raise $50.
But, with the help of 13 friends, he was able to raise $335.
“When she told me $335, I was just really excited, so we could help his family,” he said.
Collins had worked at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office for almost 21 years.
He was killed September 11 when a truck crashed into the back of his cruiser while he was conducting a traffic stop.
He left behind a wife and children.
Bautista is a Royals fan, and his mother said a lot of his inspiration stems from charitable acts by other Royals fans.
“Doing good for others pays off, because that’s where he’s seen it,” she said. “It’s not like he came up with this out of the blue. He’s seen other people do good things,” said Bautista’s mother, Kari Lein.