For Immediate Release
May 13, 2008
FBI National Press Office
General and FBI Directors Honor FBI Agents Killed in Line
part of National Police Week, the FBI held a Special Agent
Memorial Service to honor the 51 FBI special agents killed
in the line of duty. Their sacrifices and the sacrifices
of their families were remembered at the ceremony today
at FBI Headquarters.
General Michael B. Mukasey, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller,
III, former Director William Webster, and former Director
Louis Freeh participated in the ceremony honoring the fallen
special agents. Executives from the United States Secret
Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives were also in attendance.
men and women were normal people who did extraordinary
things as agents, said Director Mueller. We are grateful
for their service to the Bureau and our country."
August 9, 1979, three special agents were shot and killed
in two separate incidents, thousands of miles apart. In
response, Director Webster held a memorial service at FBI
Headquarters. One week later, a public memorial service
was held in Washington, D.C., evoking a tremendous outpouring
of sympathy and support. The following August, Director
Webster formalized the tradition, and the first Special
Agent Memorial Service was held
at FBI Headquarters. It has been held every year since.
names of the following special agents were read while their
photos were displayed during the service:
more details on the special agents who were killed in
the line of duty, visit our website at www.fbi.gov.
The website's history page contains a link to the Hall
of Honor, which pays tribute to these heroic men and
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