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FBI Agent Who Died After Exposure to 9/11 Toxins Laid to Rest in Moving Ceremony

Former FBI Agent Mellisa Morrow, via GoFundMe.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who died of brain cancer after she was exposed to contaminants while working at the Pentagon crash site in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks was laid to rest in a moving ceremony this week.

Special Agent Melissa Morrow, 48, who served in the Washington Field Office’s Evidence Response Team on 9/11, was one of the first responders after a passenger jet crashed into the building. Doctors confirmed she was exposed to dangerous toxins while spending 10 weeks collecting evidence at the site.

“She fought this terrible illness with every fiber of her being,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said during the memorial service in Kansas City Tuesday. “Melissa said that when she finally came to terms with the horrible reality of it all, she had a decision to make, and that decision was to fight it with every ounce of courage and strength she could muster.”

Morrow worked in the FBI’s Washington Field Office before joining the bureau’s Kansas City field office.

“She was filled with pride to be keeping her hometown crowd safe from harm,” Wray said. “It meant the world to her, and that kind of work ethic –- that kind of investment in the work you’re doing –- exemplified the bureau at its best, and is all too rare in today’s world.”

Because she was certified by the World Trade Center Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, her death was classified as a Line of Duty Death.

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Funeral Held for Border Patrol Agent Whose Grisly Death Remains a Mystery

Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez was found dead at the bottom of a ravine in west Texas.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent was laid to rest Saturday following his mysterious death at the bottom of a culvert in the Texas desert. 

Family, friends and law enforcement officers attended the funeral at a Catholic church in El Paso, Texas, to mourn the death of Rogelio Martinez, 36, the Washington Post reports

Martinez’s U.S. flag-draped coffin was carried by Border Patrol pallbearers in green uniforms while bagpipes played.

“It honors him to see law enforcement agencies from across the United States” attend the service, Border Patrol spokesman Ramiro Cordero told reporters outside the church.

Martinez, who was responding to a triggered sensor on Sunday night in west Texas, was found with “traumatic head injuries” and broken bones. He died early Sunday from head injuries.

His partner, who has not been identified, also was found with head injuries and had been in critical condition last week.

The union representing Border Patrol officers insist the agents were attacked with rocks, but the FBI is not so sure.

Detroit Man Charged After Allegedly Threatening to Kill Police at Cop’s Funeral

Deshawn Maurice Lanton

Deshawn Maurice Lanton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — A 21-year-old Detroit man threatened to kill police while they gathered at a funeral last week for a Detroit police sergeant who had been fatally shot, according to a criminal complaint.

Deshawn Maurice Lanton was charged in federal court with charges that he used the internet to transmit a threat, the Detroit News reports. 

The complaint alleges that Lanton said on a live video on Facebook, ““Maybe I should drop a bomb on that building and get rid of the rest of y’all.”

The post was made about 90 minutes after the funeral began in suburban St. Clair Shores.

An FBI review of Lanton’s Facebook page found that Lanton rejoiced about other police officers getting injured, saying “how pleased he was to see officers being injured,” according to the criminal complaint.

“This case is different from some other generalized threats on social media against police officers and other groups because this statement threatens specific harm to a particular group of people at a precise location,” U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said in a statement.

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San Bernardino Shooters Buried at Traditional, FBI-Guarded Funeral

koranBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The San Bernardino couple who opened fire at a holiday party in San Bernardino, killing 14 people, were buried in a traditional funeral guarded by the FBI, Reuters reports. 

Many members of the mosque that the couple attended did not go to the funeral.

The bodies were buried in a Muslim cemetery hours away from San Bernardino in a funeral that followed traditional Islamic rituals.

It took a week to find a cemetery that would accept the bodies, Reuters wrote, citing a funeral attendee and another person familiar with the preparations.

Islamic tradition calls for burying bodies within 24 hours of death, but the bodies weren’t released by law enforcement in time.

First Female FBI Agent Killed in Line of Duty 30 Years Ago This Month

Robin Ahrens

Robin Ahrens

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Thirty years ago this month, the first female FBI agent was killed in the line of duty.

Robin Ahrens had only been a special agent for six months when she died following a shootout on Oct. 5, 1985, the Hudson Star-Observer reports. 

She was just 33 years old.

Ahrens was staking out a Phoenix apartment complex when she was shot by two other agents who falsely believed she was the girlfriend of an armed robbery suspect.

Hundreds of people, including FBI Director William Webster, attended the funeral.

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FBI Director Comey Speaks at Memorial Service of Slain NYPD Officer

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Speaking at the memorial service of slain New York City Police Officer Wenjian Liu on Sunday, FBI Director James Comey said he was perplexed by the increase in police officer deaths in 2014, Fox News reports.

“One hundred and fifteen were killed last year,” Comey said at the service in Brooklyn. “That’s a shocking increase from 2013. I don’t understand evil and I cannot try.”

As many as 120 police officers were killed in the line of duty in 2014, compared to 76 in 2013.

Comey encouraged Americans to “make something good out of the tragedy … so that evil does not rule the day.”

Liu was killed Dec. 20 by a man who said on social media that he was seeking retaliation for the deaths of two unarmed black men in 2014.

One of FBI’s Oldest Special Agent Dies Following Long Battle with Cancer

John "Jack" Sullivan

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

John “Jack” Sullivan, 95, was one of the agency’s oldest special agents when he died on Sept. 23 following a long battle with cancer.

During his three decades with the FBI, Sullivan worked in multiple locations.

Masslive.com repots that Sullivan, who was characterized as a long grandfather, storyteller and admirer of poetry, will have visiting hours Friday from 4 p.m. to 7  p.m. at Sampson Chapel of the Acres Funeral Home in Springfield, Mass.

The Funeral is scheduled for Saturday at St. Cecilias Church in Wilberham.

Burial with military honors is scheduled for Saturday.

Click here to read his obituary.

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