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Culver City Fire Marshal Mike Nagy Loses Battle with Pancreatic Cancer

Martin Feinberg, Realtor, was sad to learn that Michael “Mike” Nagy, a longtime fixture in Culver City’s firefighting community, passed away from cancer on Sept. 18. He was 52 and died with Susan Preletz, his wife of 12 years, by his side.

Mike Nagy was a Battalion Chief with the Culver City Fire Department and last served as Fire Marshal in the Culver City Real Estate area.  He was born in Hollywood and graduated from Loyola High School.  He was also a United States Air Force veteran and an alumnus of University of Redlands.

In addition to wife Susan, Mike Nagy is survived by his sister Nina (Nagy) Galanti and her husband, Dan; nieces Catherine and Elizabeth; in-laws Dave and Carol Preletz; brother-in-law Mark Preletz; sister in-law Karen Frank, her husband Steve and daughter Emily; and his beloved dog, Sophie.  His parents preceded him in death.

According to his obituary, family and friends remember Mike “for his sense of humor, a sensitive spirit, and endless generosity. He was a respected leader for the City of Culver City.”

Over the course of his long career, Mike Nagy served in the Air Force as a firefighter, was a dedicated first-responder with the Culver City Fire Department, a firefighter, paramedic, engineer, captain, battalion chief, and eventually fire marshal.

Local listing agent Martin Feinberg knows that Mike will be greatly missed by many family members, fellow firefighters, friends and neighbors.

Mike Nagy’s family said in a written statement, “Life without him is unthinkable, and yet we will continue to honor him with the hope of one day living up to his legacy of light, humor, generosity and love.

A memorial service was held on Friday, Sept. 28, at the American Martyrs Church, 700 15th St., Manhattan Beach.

For those who wish to honor Mike, the Nagy family suggests making a memorial gift to advance pancreatic cancer research at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Donations may be sent to the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation, Attn: Melissa Brody, 8-950 Factor Building Box 951780, Los Angeles 90095-1780. Donors should note that their gift is in memory of Mike Nagy.

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