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Two Women Agents Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

While Martha Dixon Martinez and Robin L. Ahrens took very different routes, their paths ultimately led both of them to become special agents of the FBI. Tragically, both women lost their lives doing what they loved. Both women’s stories—the last part of our series celebrating 40 years of female agents—punctuate how a desire to serve has led women from all backgrounds to become special agents since the position opened to women in 1972.

Nov 01, 2012 04:00 PM

Two Women Agents Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

While Martha Dixon Martinez and Robin L. Ahrens took very different routes, their paths ultimately led both of them to become special agents of the FBI. Tragically, both women lost their lives doing what they loved. Martha was killed in 1994 when a gunman began shooting in a squad room at the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C.; Robin in 1985—only four months on the job—during an operation to arrest an armed robber.

Both women’s stories—the last part of our series celebrating 40 years of female agents—punctuate how a desire to serve has led women from all backgrounds to become special agents since the position opened to women in 1972.

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