Standing for those who stood for us.
Patriot Guard ! …… Attention On Deck !
One of our own is gone.
From Jim ‘No Pockets’ Kamen, Assistant State (Florida) Captain, Patriot Guard Riders:
It is with a very heavy heart that I must tell you this very sad news. ‘Angel’ was killed this morning at 0300 on I-95.
He was on his way to Stuart for our mission escorting WWII Veterans going on their Honor Flight to DC.
WPTV, Channel 7, West Palm Beach:
Palm Beach Post:
A 58-year-old Coral Springs man died early today on Interstate 95 when a car struck his motorcycle near Donald Ross Road, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Regan was ejected from his motorcycle, and both he and the motorcycle landed in the grass median at the center of the highway, according to the FHP’s accident report. Regan was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, but died of his injuries. Upon the impact, the Lexus spun out of control and hit a guardrail on the roadway.
All three people in the Lexus — the driver, Amanda McClure, 23, and passengers Sydnee Reeder, 23, and Cyrus Krefting, 30 — suffered minor injuries. All three were wearing seat belts, the FHP said. The car sustained $15,000 in damage. Troopers are still investigating the cause of the crash and whether alcohol played a role in it.
Arthur Rogers, a Patriot Guard member from Palm Beach Gardens and a friend of Regan’s, was the first to hear about the accident. “The family, when they recovered his phone, my name was prominently displayed there. They called me first,’’ Rogers said. “I spoke initially to his wife. She was too distraught, then I talked to family friend who gave me the details.’’
Rogers said he knew Regan, who went by “Jack,” well enough “to know he would never get on a bike with anything less than absolute sober conditions.’’ Rogers has participated with Regan on Patriot Guard missions such as homecomings for soldiers returning from Iraq to funerals for veterans. Regan was also instrumental in raising service dogs that are given to help returning veterans cope with stress.
Patriot Guard riders have ‘road names.’ Rogers’ is “Wingman”. “Jack’s road name was ‘Angel”, Rogers said. There’s an irony there.
To my PGR brother Angel who is now riding at the side of The Lord:
My Brother, you were there for many a mission, including one for my dad and I’ll be there for you.
Riding with respect.
Patriot Guard Rider
Broward County, Florida