By Tim Priester
The Coral Springs Police Firearms Training Facility has been renamed to honor retired Police Sergeant Robert “Bob” Behan, who passed away unexpectedly last year after nearly 40 years of service to the city and police department.
Behan began his career with the Coral Springs Police in 1980 and served as a sergeant for 24 years. Upon retiring in 2008, he continued serving the city as the agency’s rangemaster for 11 years until his sudden passing in 2019.
The dedication ceremony, held October 25, was originally planned for last May but was postponed to coincide with the first anniversary of Behan’s passing.
Chief Clyde Parry described Behan as a “special guy” whose leadership was inspiring with an unmatched commitment to training.
“Bobby used his quick wit and humor to make training sessions interesting and fun,” Parry said of Behan’s style as rangemaster. “[The officers] were engaged, and Bobby raised their confidence and competency.”
The event was attended by Behan’s family and friends, numerous police officers, and city officials that spent time sharing stories of the former rangemaster.
At the ceremony, several people spoke of Behan’s passion for his career and the positive impact he had as both an officer and rangemaster.
First constructed in 1997, the Firearms Training Facility was updated in 2002 and 2011. It continues to be one of the premier facilities to train and prepare officers and hosts several agencies and programs for law enforcement officers in and around the county.
Now with a new name, The Robert J. Behan Firearms Training Facility, located at 12151 Northwest 42nd Street, will continue to provide exceptional training opportunities, just like the former rangemaster it is named after.
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