Ralph, "Mike", Regan of Locust Grove, Virginia, formerly of Oakland Park, Florida, passed away Saturday April 27th, 2013 at the age of 65. He was preceded by his father Paul M. Regan of Hoopeston, IL. He is survived by his daughter Katherine and sons' Timothy and Robert. He is a grandfather to his daughter's children, Quincey, Michael, and Nina and also to his youngest son Roberts', new born son Matthew. In addition, Mike will be remembered by his mother, Patricia Evans Regan of Charleston, SC, his sisters, Maryann Longfellow, and Kellie Regan, and his brother, Lawrence Regan. Mike proudly served in the United States Army and is well known for his extensive career in Law enforcement. After earning degrees in Psychology and Law from Murry State and Washington Universities, Mike joined the Saint Louis Police Department in 1975. Mike Regan then relocated to South Florida in 1976 and joined the City of Oakland Park's Public Safety Department as a Public Safety Officer. Mike was cross-trained as both a police officer and a firefighter and served the city for almost 20 years. While working for the city, Mike earned numerous citations, including a Chiefs of Police Association Silver Star for Bravery, and Departmental Medal of Honor. Mike Regan placed himself in harm's way to neutralize a murder suspect who had wounded a number of police officers in a fierce gun battle on May 19th, 1980. Mike's heroic actions that day prevented further injuries to officers and civilians. Mike was inducted into the American Chiefs of Police Hall of Fame August 1993. Mike left South Florida in 1995 to pursue a career with the Department of Justice as a Special Deputy with the United States Marshal's Office until his retirement in 2000. During retirement enjoyed golf and an "occasional" drink as well spending time with his children here in Broward. Mike was a well-known Staple on the Meadows Farm Golf course In Fredericksburg, VA where he lived and worked in his final years. Mike forged strong friendships and was still in contact with many that he worked in Law Enforcement with through the years. Mike will be sorely missed by many but especially his three children (love ya dad). Services will be held for a group of friends and family at the Meadows Farm golf course in Fredericksburg, Virginia. His children who reside in South Florida, will be planning a separate service for close friends and family. Questions should be directed to Tim Regan at Timregan21@aol.com.
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Published in Sun-Sentinel on May 5, 2013