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Robert Regan
Age: 48
Occupation: Lieutenant
Worked for: FDNY - Ladder 118, Engine 205, in Brooklyn Heights
Originally from: Briarwood, NY
Resided in:
School: Archbishop Molloy '71
College: Manhattan College '75
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From Newsday - October 1, 2001

Firefighter Was 'Never Without a Smile' Bridie Regan, 70, of Bayside came home one day to find a new front door on her home. She hadn't asked for one, but she was pretty sure she knew who installed it. "Bobby could do anything with his hands," she said of her son Lt. Robert Regan, of Ladder 118, Engine 205, in Brooklyn Heights. "He used to take apart and rebuild washing machines for neighbors. Anytime we needed someone handy, we'd call Bobby." The month after Regan put in the door, he returned with a gold nameplate that he insisted his mother put on the door. "I don't know how he got so good with his hands," said Regan's brother Kevin of Floral Park. "We grew up in the same house, and I can't even screw in a nail. You can't screw in a nail, can you?" Robert Regan grew up in Briarwood, Queens, and graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School there in 1971. He received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Manhattan College in 1975. For 10 years he would help to build bridges and buildings. His career would keep him away from home for extended periods, something he found especially difficult after the birth of his first daughter, Caitlin, in 1985, said his wife, Donna. "He couldn't stand to be away from his family," she said. Torn between his career and his family, Regan made a decision: He became a firefighter. Regan joined the New York Fire Department in 1985. "When my husband joined the fire department, they told him that he'd never be rich, but he would be happy," his wife said. "And he was. People always said Bobby was never without a smile. And what a smile." Regan would spend much of his free time with his children - coaching his son Brendan's Little League team or planning a surprise birthday party for his daughter. Regan was last heard from Sept. 10, sometime after 9 p.m., his wife said. "He called to say goodnight to his kids and to me," she said. He worked the overnight shift and is believed to be among the firefighters lost at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. In addition to his wife, children, mother, and brother, Regan is survived by another brother, Peter, of Flushing. A memorial service is scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church in Floral Park.
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08 Oct 2001

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