2019 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

Officer Francis Reagan with Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib and WACOPS President Chris TracyWashougal Officer Honored as 2019 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year 

The Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs’ Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award is for Officers who have demonstrated exceptional and outstanding performance of duty and courage which brings distinction to the officer, their department, and the law enforcement profession. Officer Francis Reagan has been recognized for his selfless bravery and the honor he brought to the law enforcement profession. 

Officer Reagan was chosen after being nominated by his peers and upon review and selection by the WACOPS elected Executive Board.

Officer Reagan’s bravery on May 4, 2019, was honorable and selfless. He heard the dispatch call regarding a screaming woman. Once on scene, he discovered the woman was trapped in the raging Washougal River. Unable to free her he climbed in the cold, dangerous river to hold the exhausted woman’s head above water. He remained in the freezing and swift Washougal River, protecting this woman from drowning, nearly 40 minutes until additional rescue teams arrived. There is no doubt that without his swift actions, the woman would have been lost to the river. Officer Reagan has exemplified the selfless bravery officers display every day in this profession.  

The WACOPS Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award is an honor not only for the recipient, but for our profession. WACOPS is confident that our members do heroic and significant things each day. This recognition reminds us all how noble a profession it is.