The Poarch Band of Creek Indians Chief of Police was laid to rest Tuesday.

Chief Mike Reynolds, 59, died suddenly of a heart attack last week. Reynolds had been chief since 2016. Before then, he served in law enforcement for more than 35 years in Mobile County.

“During his years with us, Mike worked tirelessly to ensure our public safety while forging deep connections with countless Tribal members and our neighbors,” said Stephanie Bryan, Tribal Chair & CEO. “His loss will be felt deeply by many. Our deepest condolences and prayers are with Mike’s family and his many law enforcement colleagues.”

State Rep. Shane Stringer (R-Citronelle), who worked with Reynolds for nearly three decades, said he would forever be grateful for his friend.

“It was an honor to serve under his supervision in several divisions throughout my career,” Stringer stated. “Mike was truly one of the best. Mike was a mentor to me throughout my career and was always there to help me progress to the next step in my career.”

Escambia County Sheriff Heath Jackson posted on Facebook, “I always heard that only the good die young, you were the best! Rest easy ole friend… You won’t ever be forgotten.

Prayers for Poarch Police Department and the whole community.”

Reynolds was laid to rest Tuesday after a service at Serenity Funeral Home in Theodore.

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