Capt. Tommy Ashley
In celebration of the life of Captain Tommy Ashley, the Collin College Foundation is accepting contributions for a memorial scholarship for students who wish to enter law enforcement.
Tommy grew up in McKinney. He joined the Plano Police Department where he spent the
next 34 years. He retired in 2005 with the rank of Captain. During his tenure with
the Plano Police Department, Tommy received numerous citizen commendations, as well
as the department’s Valor Award. One incident, in particular, was very memorable for
him. He had entered a building where an active shooter was threatening police and
residents. In his usual humorous, self-deprecating manner, Tommy later said he entered
the building primarily because it was cold outside and he wanted to get warm. In so
doing, though, he saved many others from being shot. Tommy was someone who found dignity
in people from all walks of life. He always made a point of learning a person’s first
name regardless of whether that person was a Sonic carhop or a UT Southwestern neuro
oncologist. Above all, Tommy will always be remembered by those who knew him as a
man with a kind heart, an unbounded generosity of spirit, and a robust sense of humor.
Online donations may be made directly to the fund through the Collin College Foundation's secure donation form below. Checks will also be accepted and should be made payable to the "Collin College Foundation" with "Captain Tommy Ashley Memorial" in the note section. Checks should be mailed to 3452 Spur 399, Suite 429, McKinney, TX 75069.