Press Release

For Immediate Release
June 6, 2008

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

SA Barry Lee Bush Recognized as an FBI Service Martyr

The FBI Service Martyr Review Board has named Special Agent (SA) Barry Lee Bush as an FBI Service Martyr. SA Bush, a 19-year veteran of the FBI, was assigned to the FBI Newark Office. On April 5, 2007, SA Bush was killed while performing his official law enforcement duties in pursuit of serial bank robbers. He is the 51st FBI special agent to die in the line of duty.

On April 24, 2008, the FBI Newark Office rededicated their building in honor of SA Bush. During the ceremony, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III spoke of the service and dedication of heroes such as Special Agent Bush. He recounted a newspaper story where a neighbor depicted SA Bush as ‘a regular guy who did extraordinary things during his FBI career.’ Director Mueller added, “Barry was a model of everything the badge should represent. In losing him we have lost of one the FBI’s finest agents. But Barry was more than just a fine agent…we will remember him as a devoted husband, a loving father, and a loyal friend. We will remember him as a committed public servant and a courageous man, who gave his life doing what he loved most.”

Newark Special Agent in Charge Weysan Dun said, “Special Agent Barry Lee Bush’s induction as a member of the Wall of Honor and permanent enshrinement in the Hall of Honor will ensure we never lose sight of his ultimate sacrifice. He embraced the values of the FBI and served with honor for nearly 20 years. We must never forget our colleagues who give their lives in the performance of duty as we continue to fulfill the FBI’s mission.”

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