The 70's


1973.  Reg Leonard Sworn in  
      73 2nd Mayor Reg Leonard

Outgoing Mayor Percy Hedgecock swears in incoming Mayor Reginald "Reg" Leonard.  Reg served as the Mayor of Satellite Beach from 73-75.  Reg and his family moved to Satellite Beach in 1956 after being transferred to  Patrick AFB as an aerospace engineer with the Titan missile program.  From the beginning, Reg and wife Olive, were very involved in serving their community.  Along with serving on numerous city boards, Reg also served as a Councilman (1958-1972) and succeeded Percy Hedgecock as the cities 2nd Mayor.  After retirement from city government, he remained active in public service and the Satellite Beach Methodist Church, where he was a founding member. Reg’s commitment to helping others, even complete strangers, was based on a simple faith that God is good, and people are too. He was a generous, kind spirited, humble man that served this City faithfully and honorably.  The Civic Center Auditorium was renamed in 1990 in honor of Reginald “Reg” Leonard.  Reg Leonard passed away 29 April, 2011.

  Feb 1974. Welcome Home! Col Lawrence N. Guarino

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Col Guarino
has come home after almost eight years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.  He arrived at Patrick AFB at 2:30pm Wednesday from Maxwell AFB, Ala.,where he underwent medical observation at the USAF Hospital.  There to greet Col Guarino and his wife Evelyn is former Satellite Beach Mayor Percy Hedgecock; Maj Gen David M. Jones, AFETR Commander, and his wife; and Col W. Saunders.   

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Percy Hedgecock welcomes home Col Larry Guarino and presents him with the key to the city of Satellite Beach.  Col Guarino was released from the Hanoi Hilton, along with his fellow POWs, on 12 Feb 1974.   

1976. Officers and Staff of the SBPD 

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R1:  Frank Tufts, Diane Andrews, Pat Hand, Dave Dill
R2:  Pat Fedor, Gene Clark, Phil Ransdell, Art Straehla
R3:  Jim Driggers, Steve Frye (Reserves) Chief Jack Henderson, Dick Nigh, Brent Ostrander