2020 FBI Wall of Honor Memorial Service
This video serves as a virtual remembrance to honor fallen FBI Family members in lieu of in-person events typically held at FBI Headquarters and at field offices around the country during May's National Police Week.
FBI Director Christopher Wray: Every May, during National Police Week, we gather at FBI Headquarters and at field offices around the country to hold memorial services honoring our fallen FBI Family members.
It’s a time of reflection and remembrance.
It’s a time of pride for the work we do in law enforcement, but also a time of sadness for all those we’ve lost.
This May is particularly hard because we can’t come together in person to remember those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice.
A big part of what makes our memorial service so meaningful each year is that many of the families of our fallen return to Headquarters to see their loved ones honored.
To the family members watching, please know that we’re all deeply saddened to not be carrying on our longstanding tradition of meeting with you in person this year. But I hope you also know that we have not forgotten your loved ones’ sacrifices—or your own.
And that even though we can’t be together in the traditional way, that doesn’t mean we can’t be together in spirit.
Because no matter the circumstances or challenges we’re facing, we always stand together as one law enforcement family, and as one FBI Family.
To begin our service, I’d like to welcome FBI Chaplain Steven Davis.
FBI Chaplain Steven Davis: Would you join me as I pray?
Lord God, we are gathered together today to pay our deepest honor those of ours who were killed in the line of duty or as a result of their carrying out their duties. Though they are no longer among us, their memories linger, their bravery and strength is still an example to us.
God of all comfort and peace, we turn to you now as we commemorate these lives and deaths, asking that you will be with us at this time and pour out on us your comfort and love.
It is written, “For everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven; a time to be born, a time to die; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” And today we pause for a time of mourning in remembrance as we reflect upon our loss.
For those who lost their lives as a result of their service to the American people, we continue to grieve. We ask you to be a very real source of comfort for their families, their friends, and their loved ones. Be with them and be with us, as we remember them in our thoughts and in our prayers.
For those who have given their lives protecting the lives and freedoms of the people of the United States, we grieve. Let us honor their sacrifice and continue to comfort the loved ones of these, our fallen friends, coworkers, and heroes.
Words cannot express the pain and suffering as we look back and remember what we’ve lost. We ask your blessings to be poured on these as they continue to go on with their lives.
This is a time to mourn and a time to remember. Comforting God, help us at this time to remember the brevity and fragility of life.
And while we mourn, let us also be able to rejoice and celebrate the many other blessings that have been poured into our lives. Help us to experience your spiritual presence in all that we say and all that we do.
And I ask this in your name. Amen.
Director Wray: Today we pay tribute, and offer our immense gratitude, to the men and women who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the FBI.
We remember their courage and their character.
We remember their dedication and their distinguished service, not just to the FBI, but to the everyday citizens they were sworn to protect.
These men and women represent the very best of the Bureau.
In a moment, we’ll hear the roll call of our fallen FBI Family members.
I am saddened to announce this will include two new names we’re adding to the Wall of Honor this year: Special Agent Nelson B. Klein, Jr. and Electronics Technician William “Homer” Lewis.
Special Agent Klein died in a car accident on May 29, 1969.
SA Klein’s father, Nelson Klein, Sr., was also a special agent, and was killed in the line of duty himself in 1935. Tragically, his name, too, is on our Wall of Honor.
Electronics Technician Lewis was a 9/11 first responder. He died on April 3, 2019, of colon cancer, which we now know was the result of his work to maintain radio communications at the Pentagon crash site.
Each of the FBI Family members we’ve lost, from the very first to the most recent, left a lasting mark, both on the Bureau and on their community.
They lived and died for something greater than themselves.
They sacrificed everything to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution.
And they left behind the power of their examples, examples that continue to inspire us all. Examples that remind us why we do this job and why it’s so important.
We’re grateful to have inherited the legacy of these heroes. We’re privileged that they chose to serve the FBI and our country. And we’re honored to follow in their footsteps.
Let us remember that these heroes deserve more than a day of recognition, or a moment of silence. They deserve more than a name etched on a wall.
They deserve our best efforts to serve our fellow citizens and our nation, every single day. They deserve our continued pursuit of excellence in all that we do.
That is the greatest honor we can bestow.
Roll Call Reading:
- Edwin C. Shanahan
- Paul E. Reynolds
- Albert L. Ingle
- Raymond J. Caffrey
- W. Carter Baum
- Herman E. Hollis
- Samuel P. Cowley
- Nelson B. Klein
- Wimberly W. Baker
- Truett E. Rowe
- William R. Ramsey
- Hubert J. Treacy, Jr.
- Percy E. Foxworth
- Harold Dennis Haberfeld
- Richard Blackstone Brown
- Joseph J. Brock
- J. Brady Murphy
- Richard P. Horan
- Lee E. Morrow
- Joseph Irel Hart
- Billie Wade Taylor
- Terry R. Anderson
- Douglas M. Price
- Anthony Palmisano
- Edwin R. Woodriffe
- Nelson B. Klein, Jr.
- Gregory W. Spinelli
- Charles Linson Brown, Jr.
- Edward J. Knartzer, Jr.
- Sheila Jean Regan
- Jack R. Coler
- Ronald A. Williams
- Trenwith S. Basford
- Mark A. Kirkland
- Charles W. Elmore
- Johnnie L. Oliver
- J. Robert Porter
- Robert W. Conners
- Charles L. Ellington
- Terry Burnett Hereford
- Michael James Lynch
- Robin L. Ahrens
- Jerry Dove
- Benjamin P. Grogan
- James K. McAllister
- Scott K. Carey
- L. Douglas Abram
- John L. Bailey
- Stanley Ronquest, Jr.
- Martha Dixon Martinez
- Michael John Miller
- William H. Christian, Jr.
- Charles Leo Reed
- Paul A. LeVeille
- Leonard W. Hatton
- Robert R. Hardesty
- Gregory J. Rahoi
- Paul H. Wilson
- Barry Lee Bush
- Robert Martin Roth
- Sang T. Jun
- Samuel S. Hicks
- Paul M. Sorce
- Laurie J. Fournier
- Jerry D. Jobe
- Gerard D. Senatore
- Daniel Lee Knapp
- William Robert Craig
- Christopher W. Lorek
- Stephen P. Shaw
- Mark J. Mikulski
- Steven A. Carr
- Wesley J. Yoo
- Rex A. Stockham
- Rickey O’Donald
- Mark C. Johnston
- Dennis Bonelli
- Melissa S. Morrow
- David J. LeValley
- Brian L. Crews
- William “Homer” Lewis
Director Wray: Please join me in a moment of silence.
Chaplain Davis: God of justice, we are grateful for the lives and sacrifices of these men and women. They died serving and protecting us. Help us to never forget their character and integrity. Help us as we celebrate their lives and honor their sacrifice. Be with the families and loved ones of these who have been taken from us as a result of unimaginable adversity.
Comfort these dear ones and give them your strength. And guide us as we seek to be of any and all help to the loved ones of these heroes. May we care for them with integrity. In commemorating the deaths of our fallen, help us remember that death is not the end. Death does not have the final say. And we resolve that we, not those who do evil, will determine the sequel to these earthly tragedies by our skillful investigation and strength in enforcement and diligence in carrying out the mandates that have been given to us. As we take a stand for what is right, what is just, and what is true, we will continue their missions and give even greater meaning to their sacrifices.
And I ask this in your mighty name. Amen.
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