Hall of Honor

FBI Agents Killed as the Direct Result
of an Adversarial Action

The FBI honors its special agents killed in the line of duty as the result of a direct adversarial force or at or by the hand of an adversary. These agents are memorialized at FBI Headquarters and field offices so that their ultimate sacrifice will always be remembered. A total of 36 agents have been designated as Service Martyrs.

- Edwin C. Shanahan
- Paul E. Reynolds
- Raymond J. Caffrey
- W. Carter Baum
- Samuel P. Cowley
- Herman E. Hollis
- Nelson B. Klein
- Wimberly W. Baker
- Truett E. Rowe
- William R. Ramsey
- Hubert J. Treacy, Jr.
- Joseph J. Brock
- John Brady Murphy
- Richard Purcell Horan         
- Terry R. Anderson
- Douglas M. Price
- Anthony Palmisano
- Edwin R. Woodriffe
- Gregory W. Spinelli
- Jack R. Coler
- Ronald A. Williams
- Johnnie L. Oliver
- Charles W. Elmore
- Jared Robert Porter
- Robin L. Ahrens
- Jerry L. Dove
- Benjamin P. Grogan
- L. Douglas Abram
- John L. Bailey
- Martha Dixon Martinez
- Michael John Miller
- William Christian, Jr.
- Charles Leo Reed
- Leonard W. Hatton
- Barry Lee Bush
- Samuel S. Hicks



FBI Agents and Professional Staff Who Gave Their Lives
in the Performance of a Law Enforcement Duty

The FBI also honors those agents and professional staff employees who lose their lives in the performance of their duty, but not necessarily during an adversarial confrontation. This would include situations involving “hot pursuit” of criminals and when death results from the agent taking immediate action to save one or more lives. In remembrance of their sacrifice, these agents and professional staff employees are memorialized at FBI Headquarters and field offices. A total of 23 agents and one professional staff employee have been so honored.

- Albert L. Ingle
- Percy E. Foxworth
- Harold Dennis Haberfeld
- Richard Blackstone Brown
- Lee E. Morrow
- Joseph Irel Hart
- Billie Wade Taylor
- Charles Linson Brown, Jr.         
- Trenwith S. Basford
- Mark A. Kirkland
- Robert W. Conners
- Charles L. Ellington
- Terry Burnett Hereford
- Michael James Lynch
- James K. McAllister
- Scott K. Carey
- Stanley Ronquest, Jr.
- Paul A. LeVeille
- Robert R. Hardesty
- Gregory J. Rahoi
- Paul M. Sorce
- Daniel L. Knapp
- Christopher W. Lorek
- Stephen P. Shaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Results: 60 Items

  • Edwin C. Shanahan

    Edwin C. Shanahan

    1898 - 1925

    On October 11, 1925, Special Agent Edwin C. Shanahan, the first FBI agent killed in the line of duty, was murdered by Martin J. Durkin, a car thief who had previously wounded four police officers to avoid capture in Chicago, Illinois. Upon receiving word from underworld sources that Durkin was planning to hide a stolen automobile in a certain Chicago garage, Special Agent Shanahan and officers of the Chicago Police Department proceeded to that garage to wait for…

  • Paul E. Reynolds

    Paul E. Reynolds

    1899 - 1929

    Special Agent Paul E. Reynolds of the FBI's El Paso Office was on assignment in Phoenix, Arizona at the time of his death. At about 9 p.m. on August 9, 1929, he rented an automobile and departed from his hotel. Three days later, his body was found floating in a canal near Phoenix. An autopsy revealed that death had resulted from a gunshot wound in his heart. A thorough and intensive investigation failed to shed any…

  • Raymond J. Caffrey

    Raymond J. Caffrey

    1902 - 1933

    On June 17, 1933, Special Agent Raymond J. Caffrey became one of the victims of the "Kansas City Massacre." Special Agent Caffrey, two local police detectives, and the Special Agent in Charge of the Kansas City Field Office reported to Union Station to meet two other FBI agents and Police Chief Otto Reed of McAlester, Oklahoma, who were returning escapee Frank Nash to the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas. While entering a car, they were fired upon…

  • W. Carter Baum

    W. Carter Baum

    1904 - 1934

    On April 22, 1934, Special Agent W. Carter Baum was killed by "Baby Face" Nelson, who would later claim the lives of two other FBI agents. Information was received that John Dillinger and members of his gang were hiding at Little Bohemia Lodge, about 50 miles north of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Agents from the St. Paul and Chicago offices hurried to the area in an effort to apprehend the gangsters, who proceeded to escape under cover of machine gun…

  • Samuel P. Cowley

    Samuel P. Cowley

    1899 - 1934

    On November 27, 1934, Special Agent/Inspector Samuel P. Cowley and Special Agent Herman E. Hollis were mortally wounded while trying to capture Lester Gillis, aka "Baby Face" Nelson. Agent Hollis died the same day, and Inspector Cowley died the following morning. A wide search for Gillis was underway when word was received in the FBI's Chicago office that he and his associates were spotted driving in Wisconsin. When two agents located Gillis, his wife Helen, and…

  • Herman E. Hollis

    Herman E. Hollis

    1903 - 1934

    On November 27, 1934, Special Agent/Inspector Samuel P. Cowley and Special Agent Herman E. Hollis were mortally wounded while trying to capture Lester Gillis, aka "Baby Face" Nelson. Agent Hollis died the same day, and Inspector Cowley died the following morning. A wide search for Gillis was underway when word was received in the FBI's Chicago office that he and his associates were spotted driving in Wisconsin. When two agents located Gillis, his wife Helen, and…

  • Nelson B. Klein

    Nelson B. Klein

    1898 - 1935

    On August 16, 1935, Special Agent Nelson B. Klein and another agent were seeking George W. Barrett in connection with car theft and interstate transportation of stolen vehicles. Special Agent Klein and associates proceeded to College Corner, Indiana, where Barrett's brother lived. When the agents located Barrett later that day, they instructed him to surrender. However, Barrett ran behind a garage and opened fire, mortally wounding Special Agent Klein, who returned the gunfire, striking Barrett in both…

  • Wimberly W. Baker

    Wimberly W. Baker

    1910 - 1937

    On April 16, 1937, Special Agent Wimberly W. Baker was mortally wounded when he and another agent were trying to apprehend two bank robbers, Robert Suhay and a man believed to be Alfred Power. On April 17, Special Agent Baker died from his wounds. The agents had been in the U.S. Post Office at Topeka, Kansas, when a man they identified as Alfred Power entered. As Special Agent Baker attempted to arrest the man, Suhay began firing…

  • Truett E. Rowe

    Truett E. Rowe

    1904 - 1937

    On June 1, 1937, Special Agent Truett E. Rowe was shot and killed by Guy Osborne, who was sought by the FBI in connection with his April 22, 1937, escape from the Eufala, Oklahoma, county jail. Osborne, a fugitive, was wanted in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where a complaint charging him with violation of the Motor Vehicle Theft Act was outstanding. Special Agent Rowe and the local police chief located Osborne at his brother's ranch in Gallup, New…

  • William R. Ramsey

    William R. Ramsey

    1903 - 1938

    On May 3, 1938, Special Agent William R. Ramsey died from wounds he sustained while attempting to arrest suspects in a Lapel, Indiana bank burglary that had taken place the previous December. The FBI had begun an investigation— and based upon information received by the Indiana State Police—Joe Earlywine, John Hulett, and Fred Steffler were developed as suspects. Through a physical surveillance of Earlywine’s Penfield, Illinois home, Earlywine and Hulett were determined to be present at…

  • Hubert J. Treacy, Jr.

    Hubert J. Treacy, Jr.

    1913 - 1942

    On March 13, 1942, Special Agent Hubert J. Treacy, Jr., was murdered by two Army deserters in an Abingdon, Virginia gun battle. Special agents Treacy and Charles L. Tignor approached two soldiers from Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia to question them in an Abingdon restaurant. The fugitives opened fire without warning. Special Agent Treacy was killed almost instantly, and Special Agent Tignor was seriously wounded. The soldiers—Charles J. Lovett, age 21, and James Edward Testerman, age 22—were captured…

  • Joseph J. Brock

    Joseph J. Brock

    1908 - 1952

    On July 26, 1952, Special Agent Joseph J. Brock of the FBI's New York Field Office was killed in the lobby of a New York City hotel during the apprehension of Gerhard Arthur Puff, one of the nation's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives." The FBI had received information that Puff would visit the hotel, and a surveillance was in place. When Puff appeared, he telephoned Room 904 before taking the elevator to the ninth floor. The agents…

  • J. Brady Murphy

    J. Brady Murphy

    1917 - 1953

    On September 25, 1953, Special Agent J. Brady Murphy was mortally wounded in a gun battle with John Elgin Johnson that took place in a Baltimore, Maryland movie theater. Johnson, who was wanted for murder, telephoned a reporter in Los Angeles, California, and a subsequent call was traced to the Baltimore theater. When Special Agent Murphy and another agent located Johnson in a telephone booth, he began firing his weapon, injuring both agents. The agents returned fire, and…

  • Richard P. Horan

    Richard P. Horan

    1922 - 1957

    On April 18, 1957, Special Agent Richard P. Horan was killed in Suffield, Connecticut by Francis Kolakowski, a fugitive wanted for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for the murder of his wife. He was also being sought in connection with a $66,573 payroll robbery, which took place on April 11, 1957 in Windsor, Connecticut. The FBI learned that Kolakowski was at his sister's home. While other officers searched the adjacent field and covered the entrances, Special…

  • Terry R. Anderson

    Terry R. Anderson

    1924 - 1966

    On May 17, 1966, Special Agent Terry R. Anderson was shot and killed while searching for a kidnap victim in rugged mountain terrain near Shade Gap, Pennsylvania. William Hollenbaugh, also known as "Mountain Man," had abducted a 17-year-old girl and held her captive for seven days. Special Agent Anderson was shot and killed while he and another agent were pursuing the fugitive. The victim was rescued, and Hollenbaugh was killed. Special Agent Anderson was born in Washington, Iowa…

  • Douglas M. Price

    Douglas M. Price

    1941 - 1968

    On April 25, 1968, Special Agent Douglas M. Price was shot and killed near San Antonio, Texas during an FBI operation to apprehend Bureau fugitive David Rice Chubb, who was sought for murder and car theft. Special Agent Price, who had served the Bureau for slightly over one year, was taking weapons to agents already positioned in an area where Chubb was believed to be hiding. A search began when Special Agent Price failed to respond to radio…

  • Anthony Palmisano

    Anthony Palmisano

    1942 - 1969

    Special Agents Edwin R. Woodriffe and Anthony Palmisano were shot and killed on January 8, 1969, by escaped federal prisoner Billie Austin Bryant. The agents had just entered a Southeast Washington, D.C. apartment building, where Bryant was hiding, when the escaped prisoner shot both agents in the hallway. Bryant had escaped from nearby Lorton Prison in August 1968. He had been serving a sentence of 15 to 63 years for robbery and assault. Bryant was apprehended, tried…

  • Edwin R. Woodriffe

    Edwin R. Woodriffe

    1941 - 1969

    Special Agents Edwin R. Woodriffe and Anthony Palmisano were shot and killed on January 8, 1969, by escaped federal prisoner Billie Austin Bryant. The agents had just entered a Southeast Washington, D.C. apartment building, where Bryant was hiding, when the escaped prisoner shot both agents in the hallway. Bryant had escaped from nearby Lorton Prison in August 1968. He had been serving a sentence of 15 to 63 years for robbery and assault. Bryant was apprehended, tried…

  • Gregory W. Spinelli

    Gregory W. Spinelli

    1949 - 1973

    On March 15, 1973, Special Agent Gregory W. Spinelli was shot and killed in a gun battle with a suspected bank robber on a street in Charlotte, North Carolina. Special Agent Spinelli was one of several agents waiting in a motel room being used to stake out Arthur Tilmer Mankins and Bonnie Lou Logan, two suspects in a savings and loan robbery. When the suspects began to leave their room, Logan was arrested. Mankins ran to a wooded…

  • Jack R. Coler

    Jack R. Coler

    1947 - 1975

    On June 26, 1975, Special Agents Jack R. Coler and Ronald A. Williams were killed while attempting to serve arrest warrants for robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon on the Oglala Sioux Indian Reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Four people were indicted for the murders of Special Agents Williams and Coler. The government dismissed its charges against James Theodore Eagle. Robert Eugene Robideau and Darrelle Dean Butler were acquitted by jury on July 16, 1976. The…

  • Ronald A. Williams

    Ronald A. Williams

    1947 - 1975

    On June 26, 1975, Special Agents Jack R. Coler and Ronald A. Williams were killed while attempting to serve arrest warrants for robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon on the Oglala Sioux Indian Reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Four people were indicted for the murders of Special Agents Williams and Coler. The government dismissed its charges against James Theodore Eagle. Robert Eugene Robideau and Darrelle Dean Butler were acquitted by jury on July 16, 1976. The…

  • Johnnie L. Oliver

    Johnnie L. Oliver

    1944 - 1979

    On August 9, 1979, Special Agent Johnnie L. Oliver was shot and killed in Cleveland, Ohio, while pursuing fugitive Melvin Bay Guyon, who was wanted for kidnapping, rape, and armed robbery. Special Agent Oliver, who was a SWAT team member, and five other agents went to a house where Guyon was believed to be residing. Special Agent Oliver and another agent went through the front door while the other four agents remained outside. Guyon, armed with a revolver…

  • Charles W. Elmore

    Charles W. Elmore

    1945 - 1979

    On August 9, 1979, Special Agents Charles W. Elmore and J. Robert Porter were shot and killed by an assailant while in the FBI office in El Centro, California. The individual who opened fire on the agents also took his own life. Special Agent Elmore was born in May 1945 in Seattle, Washington. A graduate of the University of Washington at Seattle, he entered on duty as a special agent with the FBI in 1972. In 1978, he…

  • J. Robert Porter

    J. Robert Porter

    1935 - 1979

    On August 9, 1979, Special Agents Charles W. Elmore and J. Robert Porter were shot and killed by an assailant while in the FBI office in El Centro, California. The individual who opened fire on the agents also took his own life. Special Agent Porter was born in March 1935 in Heber, Arizona. He entered on duty as a special agent in 1967 and was assigned to the San Antonio Field Office. In 1978, he was assigned to…

  • Robin L. Ahrens

    Robin L. Ahrens

    1952 - 1985

    On October 5, 1985, Special Agent Robin L. Ahrens, who was assigned to the Phoenix FBI Office, was fatally wounded while participating with other agents in the apprehension of fugitive Kenneth Don Barrett. The fugitive was sought for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for armed robbery. Special Agent Ahrens was fatally shot by other agents at the arrest scene who mistook her for an armed associate of the fugitive. Special Agent Ahrens was the first female special agent…

  • Jerry Dove

    Jerry Dove

    1956 - 1986 

    On April 11, 1986, Special Agents Jerry Dove and Benjamin P. Grogan were killed in southwest Miami, Florida, during a gun battle with robbery suspects William Russell Matix and Michael Platt. While agents were conducting a mobile surveillance in connection with a series of violent bank and armored car robberies, they observed a suspect vehicle. A high-speed chase ensued when the agents attempted to stop the vehicle. When agents in three FBI vehicles succeeded in stopping the suspect…

  • Benjamin P. Grogan

    Benjamin P. Grogan

    1933 - 1986 

    On April 11, 1986, Special Agents Jerry Dove and Benjamin P. Grogan were killed in southwest Miami, Florida, during a gun battle with robbery suspects William Russell Matix and Michael Platt. While agents were conducting a mobile surveillance in connection with a series of violent bank and armored car robberies, they observed a suspect vehicle. A high-speed chase ensued when the agents attempted to stop the vehicle. When agents in three FBI vehicles succeeded in stopping the suspect…

  • L. Douglas Abram

    L. Douglas Abram

    1942 - 1990

    On the afternoon of January 19, 1990, Special Agent L. Douglas Abram was shot and killed in a house located in St. Louis County, Missouri. Special Agent Abram and other members of the St. Louis SWAT team had assembled to effect entry into the residence for a team executing a search warrant for weapons and drugs at that location. As the SWAT team entered the house, occupant James Price fatally wounded Special Agent Abram. SWAT team agents returned…

  • John L. Bailey

    John L. Bailey

    1942 - 1990

    On June 25, 1990, Special Agent John L. Bailey was fatally wounded during an attempted robbery of a Las Vegas, Nevada, bank. Special Agent Bailey, who was serving a subpoena in the bank, heard a teller scream. The teller told Special Agent Bailey that the man who had just left her window had a gun and attempted to rob her. Special Agent Bailey drew his weapon, identified himself as an FBI agent, and ordered the bank robber to…

  • Martha Dixon Martinez

    Martha Dixon Martinez

    1959 - 1994

    On November 22, 1994, Special Agents Martha Dixon Martinez and Michael John Miller, as well as a Washington, D.C., police detective, were shot and killed inside the District’s police headquarters building. At approximately 3:30 p.m., gunman Bennie Lee Lawson entered the “cold case” squad room, to which the agents were assigned, and opened fire with a TEC-9 assault weapon. During the exchange of fire, a third special agent was shot and seriously wounded, and…

  • Michael John Miller

    Michael John Miller

    1953 - 1994

    On November 22, 1994, Special Agents Martha Dixon Martinez and Michael John Miller, as well as a Washington, D.C., police detective, were shot and killed inside the District's police headquarters building. At approximately 3:30 p.m., gunman Bennie Lee Lawson entered the "cold case" squad room, to which the agents were assigned, and opened fire with a TEC-9 assault weapon. During the exchange of fire, a third special agent was shot and seriously wounded, and…

  • William H. Christian, Jr.

    William H. Christian, Jr.

    1946 - 1995

    On May 29, 1995, Special Agent William H. Christian, Jr., was shot and killed by Ralph McLean, who was being sought in connection with several police shootings and killings in the District of Columbia and Prince George's County, Maryland. McLean was expected to meet a former girlfriend in Greenbelt; and Special Agent Christian, along with 26 other investigators, was conducting a surveillance of the area. At approximately 1:00 a.m., McLean approached Special Agent Christian, who…

  • Charles Leo Reed

    Charles Leo Reed

    1951 - 1996

    On March 22, 1996, Special Agent Charles Leo Reed died as a result of gunshot wounds received in connection with an undercover drug investigation. Special Agent Reed had met suspect Jonathan M. Cramer, a reputed Center City Philadelphia drug dealer, and was attempting to purchase cocaine from him. Both men were in Special Agent Reed's car, which was parked in a hotel parking lot near the Philadelphia waterfront. A gun battle ensued, and Special Agent Reed and…

  • Leonard W. Hatton

    Leonard W. Hatton

    1956 - 2001

    Special Agent Leonard W. Hatton was assigned to the New York Division of the FBI at the time of his death. On September 11, 2001, Special Agent Hatton was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City. Special Agent Hatton was on his way to work in the New York Division office when he saw smoke and fire coming from the North Tower of the WTC. On his own initiative, he…

  • Barry Lee Bush

    Barry Lee Bush

    1954 - 2007

    Special Agent Barry Lee Bush was shot and killed on April 5, 2007, in Readington, New Jersey, while working a criminal investigation into a series of armed bank robberies in central New Jersey. He and his team were in pursuit of heavily-armed serial bank robbers who were believed to have been responsible for four bank robberies. The suspects had allegedly fired their assault weapons inside two of the banks. Special Agent Bush was killed during the attempt to…

  • Samuel S. Hicks

    Samuel S. Hicks

    1974 - 2008

    Special Agent Samuel S. Hicks was killed on November 19, 2008 while executing a federal arrest warrant associated with the takedown of a violent drug trafficking organization near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Upon entering the subject’s house to make the arrest, Special Agent Hicks was shot and killed; the subject was subsequently taken into custody. The planned arrest was the culmination of a year-long investigation involving multiple federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Watch a video on Agent…

  • Albert L. Ingle

    Albert L. Ingle

    1903 - 1931

    On November 24, 1931, Special Agent Albert L. Ingle, who had been with the Bureau less than one year, died of a gunshot wound in Durham, North Carolina. At the direction of the U.S. Attorney, Special Agent Ingle and a private detective had been moving a package of evidence in connection with an investigation into possible federal violations. During this process, the weapon carried by the detective fell through a hole in his pocket to the ground…

  • Percy E. Foxworth

    Percy E. Foxworth

    1906 - 1943

    On January 15, 1943, Assistant Director Percy E. Foxworth of the New York Office and Special Agent Harold Dennis Haberfeld were killed in a military airplane accident near Paramaribo, Surinam. In connection with the war effort, they were taking a roundabout route to North Africa at the specific request of General Dwight D. Eisenhower to perform a secret mission of critical importance. The cause of the crash of the airplane was never ascertained. Although 35 people were on…

  • Harold Dennis Haberfeld

    Harold Dennis Haberfeld

    1912 - 1943

    On January 15, 1943, Assistant Director Percy E. Foxworth of the New York Office and Special Agent Harold Dennis Haberfeld were killed in a military airplane accident near Paramaribo, Surinam. In connection with the war effort, they were taking a roundabout route to North Africa at the specific request of General Dwight D. Eisenhower to perform a secret mission of critical importance. The cause of the crash of the airplane was never ascertained. Although 35 people were on…

  • Richard Blackstone Brown

    Richard Blackstone Brown

    1916 - 1943

    On July 14, 1943, 27-year-old Special Agent Richard Blackstone Brown, a relatively new agent, was killed in an automobile accident in Dallas, Texas. The FBI was conducting an intensive investigation throughout several regions of the country to locate fugitive Albert Earl Walker and his wife, who was also a fugitive. It was determined that Walker's wife had registered for war rations in a specific area in Dallas where Walker's brother resided. On the day of Brown…

  • Lee E. Morrow

    Lee E. Morrow

    1922 - 1960

    Special Agent Lee E. Morrow joined the FBI in July 1951. On March 3, 1960—while serving in the Minneapolis Division’s resident agency in Fargo, North Dakota—he was killed in a two-car motor vehicle accident along Highway 281 near Edgeley, North Dakota during the course of his investigative duties.

  • Joseph Irel Hart

    Joseph Irel Hart

    1908 - 1962

    On April 17, 1962, Special Agent Joseph Irel Hart was driving from Idaho Falls to Rigby, Idaho to meet with a county prosecuting attorney to discuss an investigation. At approximately 11:56 a.m., Special Agent Hart was involved in a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer. Special Agent Hart died instantly from severe head injuries. Special Agent Hart was born in March 1908 in Menan, Idaho. He entered on duty as an FBI special agent in October 1940…

  • Billie Wade Taylor

    Billie Wade Taylor

    1930 - 1965

    On June 2, 1965, Electronic Maintenance Technician (EMT) Billie Wade Taylor was attempting to take down an FBI antenna from the Marble Arcade Building in Lakeland, Florida. While trying to remove a rusted bolt that secured the antenna, EMT Taylor lost his balance and fell. He died as a result of his injuries. EMT Taylor was born in September 1930 in Lakeland, Florida. He entered on duty with the FBI in March 1954 as a radio communication officer…

  • Charles Linson Brown, Jr.

    Charles Linson Brown, Jr.

    1926 - 1973

    Special Agent Charles Linson Brown, Jr. joined the FBI in January 1954. On July 5, 1973, Special Agent Brown, while assigned to the Dallas Division, traveled to an interview in Lufkin, Texas. An accident occurred in front of Special Agent Brown while he was driving, and he was unable to avoid crashing into a gasoline truck involved in the accident. He died at the scene.

  • Trenwith S. Basford

    Trenwith S. Basford

    1916 - 1977

    On August 25, 1977, Special Agents Trenwith S. Basford and Mark A. Kirkland were killed in northern Minnesota as the result of an airplane crash into Dewey Lake. Special Agent Basford was piloting his personally owned plane, which had been approved for official use. The agents were assisting agents of the Duluth Resident Agency in conducting an aerial surveillance when the crash occurred. At the time of his death, Special Agent Basford was 60 years old and had…

  • Mark A. Kirkland

    Mark A. Kirkland

    1944 - 1977

    On August 25, 1977, Special Agents Trenwith S. Basford and Mark A. Kirkland were killed in northern Minnesota as the result of an airplane crash into Dewey Lake. Special Agent Basford was piloting his personally owned plane, which had been approved for official use. The agents were assisting agents of the Duluth Resident Agency in conducting an aerial surveillance when the crash occurred. At the time of his death, Special Agent Basford was 60 years old and had…

  • Robert W. Conners

    Robert W. Conners

    1946 - 1982

    On December 16, 1982, Special Agents Terry Burnett Hereford, Charles L. Ellington, Robert W. Conners, and Michael James Lynch were killed in a Bureau airplane accident near Montgomery, Ohio. The agents were accompanying a bank fraud and embezzlement subject, Carl Henry Johnson, and an individual from the law firm representing Johnson to Cincinnati. They were attempting to locate $50,000 in embezzled money, which Johnson had hidden in that area. The plane, piloted by special agents Hereford and…

  • Charles L. Ellington

    Charles L. Ellington

    1946 - 1982

    On December 16, 1982, Special Agents Terry Burnett Hereford, Charles L. Ellington, Robert W. Conners, and Michael James Lynch were killed in a Bureau airplane accident near Montgomery, Ohio. The agents were accompanying a bank fraud and embezzlement subject, Carl Henry Johnson, and an individual from the law firm representing Johnson to Cincinnati. They were attempting to locate $50,000 in embezzled money, which Johnson had hidden in that area. The plane, piloted by special agents Hereford and…

  • Terry Burnett Hereford

    Terry Burnett Hereford

    1948 - 1982

    On December 16, 1982, Special Agents Terry Burnett Hereford, Charles L. Ellington, Robert W. Conners, and Michael James Lynch were killed in a Bureau airplane accident near Montgomery, Ohio. The agents were accompanying a bank fraud and embezzlement subject, Carl Henry Johnson, and an individual from the law firm representing Johnson to Cincinnati. They were attempting to locate $50,000 in embezzled money, which Johnson had hidden in that area. The plane, piloted by special agents Hereford and…

  • Michael James Lynch

    Michael James Lynch

    1947 - 1982

    On December 16, 1982, Special Agents Terry Burnett Hereford, Charles L. Ellington, Robert W. Conners, and Michael James Lynch were killed in a Bureau airplane accident near Montgomery, Ohio. The agents were accompanying a bank fraud and embezzlement subject, Carl Henry Johnson, and an individual from the law firm representing Johnson to Cincinnati. They were attempting to locate $50,000 in embezzled money, which Johnson had hidden in that area. The plane, piloted by special agents Hereford and…

  • James K. McAllister

    James K. McAllister

    1951 - 1986

    On April 18, 1986, Special Agent James K. McAllister, a member of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team, died after falling from a helicopter during a training exercise at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Special Agent McAllister was an original member of the 50-member antiterrorist unit, which became operational during September 1983 to provide an effective civilian response capability and a substantial deterrent to terrorism.

  • Scott K. Carey

    Scott K. Carey

    1952 - 1988

    Special Agent Scott K. Carey, age 35, was an instructor assigned to the FBI driver training program. On May 9, 1988, while on duty instructing a defensive driving school at the Special Operations Center, New Paltz, New York, Special Agent Carey was the victim of a serious automobile accident. Special Agent Carey was taken to a Middletown, New York, hospital, where he died the following day as a result of injuries sustained during that accident. 

  • Stanley Ronquest, Jr.

    Stanley Ronquest, Jr.

    1939 - 1992

    On the night of March 11, 1992, Special Agent Stanley Ronquest, Jr., was shot and killed when an assailant attempted to rob him outside of a Kansas City, Missouri, hotel. Special Agent Ronquest, Jr., who had served the FBI for over 21 years, was assigned to the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters. At the time of his death, Special Agent Ronquest was on official business in the FBI's Kansas City Field Office.

  • Paul A. LeVeille

    Paul A. LeVeille

    1959 - 1999

    On September 1, 1999, Special Agent Paul Andrew LeVeille, a licensed FBI pilot, was killed in an aircraft accident while participating in an FBI-sponsored mountain flying pilot training course in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Special Agent LeVeille, at the controls of the Piper Archer aircraft, was executing a box canyon turn when his aircraft crashed. Special Agent LeVeille, along with his flight instructor, was killed instantly as a result of the impact of the aircraft into the mountain. Special…

  • Robert R. Hardesty

    Robert R. Hardesty

    1965 - 2005

    Special Agent Robert R. Hardesty died on June 2, 2005, as a result of an accident during SWAT training at the FBI Academy on May 25, 2005 in Quantico, Virginia. Special Agent Hardesty, 40, was assigned to the Springfield FBI Office at the time of his death and was a member of that office's SWAT team. Prior to joining the FBI three-and-a-half years earlier, he served in the Porter County, Indiana Sheriff's Department. In his honor…

  • Gregory J. Rahoi

    Gregory J. Rahoi

    1968 - 2006

    On December 6, 2006, Supervisory Special Agent Gregory J. Rahoi was accidentally shot and fatally wounded at Fort A.P. Hill in Caroline County, Virginia during a live-fire tactical training exercise designed to prepare FBI Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) personnel for their deployments to Iraq. Supervisory Special Agent Rahoi was a member of the HRT for six years, during which he served three tours in Iraq. Prior to joining the FBI in 1997, he worked as a firefighter…

  • Paul M. Sorce

    Paul M. Sorce

    1964 - 2009

    Special Agent Paul M. Sorce entered on duty in the Bureau in 1991. On March 9, 2009, while assigned to the Detroit Division, Special Agent Sorce was involved in a motor vehicle accident as he conducted surveillance on a suspect in Harper Woods, Michigan. He suffered severe injuries in the crash and died later that day. He was 44 years old and had served the Bureau for 18 years. He joined the FBI in May 1991, serving in…

  • Daniel L. Knapp

    Daniel L. Knapp

    1968 - 2011

    On December 29, 2011, Special Agent Daniel Lee Knapp was on annual leave at Playa Escondida Beach in Puerto Rico when a group of individuals asked him to help their friend who was struggling in rough waters offshore. After calling authorities, Special Agent Knapp swam out to retrieve this person and started to bring him back to the beach, but a strong wave knocked Special Agent Knapp unconscious. The Puerto Rico Maritime Unit helicopter crew arrived and rescued…

  • Christopher W. Lorek

    Christopher W. Lorek

    1971 - 2013

    On May 17, 2013, the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) was conducting a helicopter-based, maritime counterterrorism training exercise off the Atlantic coast near Virginia Beach, Virginia. Special Agent Chris Lorek and his training partner, Special Agent Stephen Shaw, were participants in this exercise, which included HRT operators fast-roping from their helicopter onto the deck of a ship. During the exercise, the helicopter encountered in-flight difficulties, resulting in corrective action to maintain control of the helicopter. The sharp…

  • Stephen P. Shaw

    Stephen P. Shaw

    1972 - 2013

    On May 17, 2013, the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) was conducting a helicopter-based, maritime counterterrorism training exercise off the Atlantic coast near Virginia Beach, Virginia. Special Agent Stephen Shaw and his training partner, Special Agent Christopher Lorek, were participants in this exercise, which included HRT operators fast-roping from their helicopter onto the deck of a ship. During the exercise, the helicopter encountered in-flight difficulties, resulting in corrective action to maintain control of the helicopter. The sharp…

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