KANSAS CITY, Kansas- Master Deputy Brandon Collins was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver early Sunday morning according to the agency.

The 21-year Johnson County Sheriff’s Office veteran had initiated a stop on a vehicle about 1:30 a.m. on northbound U.S. 69 near West 143rd Street. Within minutes, a truck crashed into the back of Collins’ vehicle at highway speeds engulfing the patrol vehicle in flames and killing the deputy. The subject was apprehended after fleeing from the scene on foot.

“He was kind, fair and funny, he never met anyone who didn’t become a quick friend,” a department spokesperson said.

“It was only 8 days ago that the Johnson County Sheriffs Office was praising Deputy Collins for helping to save a mans life after performing CPR, yet this morning I wake up to read that his life was so tragically taken overnight, Kiel Good said in a Facebook comment

Collins had just hours before celebrated a daughter’s fourth birthday. He also would have celebrated another anniversary with the department next month. “He leaves behind a wife and children and many people who love him,” the agency said.