Katherine Wyatt (Katie) Collette passed away suddenly on March 26, 2016. She was 26.

Katie was predeceased in death by her mother, Kathryn Humphrey Collette, and her grandparents, Larry and Janet Collette and Rufus and Gladys Humphrey. She is survived by her father, Richard (Rick) L. Collette, Jr., her aunts Sandra Humphrey and Abby Collette Lawson (Shane), her cousin Trevor Lawson, and the beloved Sunny the Corgi.

Graveside services were held at the Little Georgetown Cemetery in The Plains on April 16.

Katie is deeply mourned by her father, Rick, who is a familiar and much-loved resident of Middleburg. Those wishing to honor Katie are asked to make contributions to the Travis Project (checks payable to: Treasurer, Fauquier County; Write “Travis Project” in Memo space; mail to 78 West Lee Street, Warrenton, VA 20186).

The Travis Project is an initiative to enable Fauquier County law enforcement officers to administer naloxone, a drug that has proven to be lifesaving for those overdosing on heroin and other opioid drugs.

On Tuesday, December 22, 2015, the Sheriff’s Office sponsored the REVIVE program for training in response to opioid overdose emergencies. The training was offered to all law enforcement agencies in the region and was held at the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Department.

This is the first such training in our area and was attended by Fauquier Sheriff’s deputies, Warrenton Police officers, Culpeper Police Department and the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office. 

REVIVE is Virginia’s opioid overdose and naloxone education program and is part of the response to the increase in opioid drug use and related deaths in our community. Naloxone is a medication, delivered by a nasal mist, that, when properly administered, reverses the effects of an opioid overdose from drugs such as heroin, oxycodone, methadone and other opiate drugs. Naloxone saves lives.

This Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office initiative, called The Travis Project, is another very important step in the Sheriff’s Office’s efforts to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic in our area and is a continuation of our efforts to support our community. 

The Travis Project is named for a local Fauquier County man and his family.  Travis Rose died in May 2015 from a heroin overdose. Travis’s sister and brother are also conquering substance abuse. There are no socio-economic or cultural factors with opioid addiction.  It affects all of us no matter what our background is. 

If you are interested in more information concerning these efforts, The Travis Project or the REVIVE program, call 540-422-8600 or send an email to REVIVE@dbhds.virginia.gov, 804-786-0464.

To find a treatment center for substance abuse in your area, call the SAMHSA Treatment Locator at 1-800-622-HELP (4357). 

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