CONCORD, N.C. - While Boston and much of the country celebrate the Boston Red Sox World Series championship this week, reflection simultaneously turns to the city’s “Boston Strong” resiliency following the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing.
Sean Collier was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer killed April 18 in the aftermath of the marathon tragedy. He was gunned down that evening while on duty in his patrol car -- allegedly by the bombing suspects.
Sean’s brother, Andrew Collier, and his family recently sat down for their first in-depth, on-camera interview since the tragedy. Andrew Collier is a machinist in the engine department of 10-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports.
Narrated by actor/singer and Boston native Donnie Wahlberg, the feature premieres Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. ET on NASCAR RACEDAY on FOX Sports 1. “Collier Strong” re-airs Sunday night on FOX SPORTS LIVE on FOX Sports 1 at 11 p.m. ET.
Andrew Collier has worked tirelessly since his brother’s death to lobby Congress to designate a federal holiday honoring America’s first responders, creating a petition toward this goal. For more information on Collier’s initiative, please visit www.change.org/firstresponders.
Wahlberg, currently starring on Blue Bloods and serving as an executive producer of Boston’s Finest, narrates the long-form feature, produced by Emmy Award-winning NASCAR Productions. Interviewed in the piece are Andrew Collier; Sean and Andrew’s sisters, Nicole Lynch and Jennifer Lemmerman; their stepsister, Jenn Rogers; Jeff Andrews of the Hendrick Motorsports engine department; MIT Police Department Patrol Sergeant David O’Connor; and Sean Collier’s auxiliary supervisor at the Somerville Police Department, Officer Bob Ankenbauer.