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FBI to Honor Special Agent Killed 75 Years Ago in Virginia

FBI Special Agent Hubert J. Treacy Jr.

FBI Special Agent Hubert J. Treacy Jr.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Special Agent Hubert J. Treacy Jr. was killed 75 years ago when he was shot trying to take two U.S. Army deserters into custody in March 1942.

Now the FBI is honoring Treacy with a memorial in Abington, the Virginia town where he was shot, WSET.com reports

On Monday, local law enforcement officials and family members of Treacy plan to dedicate a memorial in his honor.

Helping make the dedication possible were the town of Abingdon, the Society of Former Special Agents – Blue Ridge Chapter, and the FBI Agents Association.

Border Patrol Honors Fallen Agent With 68-Mile Relay Run

Slain Border Parol Agent Robert Rosas Jr

Slain Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas Jr

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents participated in a 68-mile relay run Thursday to honor fallen Agent Robert Rosas, who died in the line of duty on July 23, 2009, San Diego Patch reports. 

It was the seventh annual relay to honor Rosas of the Campo Border Patrol station.

The relay race requires 22, 2.55-mile legs.

Rosas was often referred to as the “Mayor of El Centro” because of his “popularity and his friendly, witty demeanor,” Patch wrote.

Rosas was shot and killed while responding to suspicion activity near Campo.

Four people were arrested and have pled guilty for their role in the killing.

Monument at Township Hall Honors Slain FBI Agent In Indiana Township, Pa.

Slain FBI Agent Sam Hicks/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It’s not big – a waist-high granite stone.

But the memorial signifies so much more.

For Charlotte Carrabotta, it’s a place to reflect on her son, Agent Samuel Hicks, who was gunned down in November 2008 while trying to serve a drug warrant in Indiana Township, Pa.,  reports TribLive.com.

The memorial for the 33-year-old slain FBI agent was unveiled Tuesday at the Indiana Township Town Hall.

“For five years I’ve held it together in public. But this is going to be hard to do today, because this has been such a personal project,” Carrabotta said, reports TribLive.com. “When I lay my head on my pillow at night, I struggle for answers and I struggle for peace. But here we are, still honoring our commitment to his memory. And I think Samuel would have been so proud of that.”

FBI Tells its Side of the Story on the Doomed Flight 93

By ALYSSA CHOINIERE
Daily American Staff Writer

Even the most tragic of stories needs a hero so that the listeners can eventually make sense of its ending.

The passengers of Flight 93 were those heroes for Americans on Sept. 11.

For the FBI investigators, the actions of the Flight 93 passengers made sense of the tragedy in ways they never could have anticipated.

“This was the most important site for our investigation,” FBI digital Evidence Section Chief Todd McCall said. “This is where we tied everything together.”

Members of the Flight 93 FBI investigation and recovery team spoke Sunday about their investigation as part of the “Learning Centers Without Walls” panel discussions at the Flight 93 National Memorial. The investigators’ stories started out that morning like the stories of most every other American old enough to remember the day.

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NY FBI Agent Honored for Doomed WWII Secret Mission

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

FBI Special Agent Harold Haberfeld is being honored for his service, nearly 70 years after his plane crashed in a WWII mission in northern Africa, reports Fox News. The FBI Buffalo office dedicated its main conference room to Haberfeld in an outdoor ceremony Thursday.

However Haberfeld’s ill-fated mission was so top-secret that his home bureau in Buffalo isn’t entirely sure what it was.

It has been surmised that Haberfeld and Percy “Sam” Foxworth, the assistant director of the FBI’s special intelligence services branch, were sent to interview the French-born American citizen living in Algiers. Charles Bedaux, a 57-year-old millionaire industrialist who admitted close friendships with Nazi party leaders, later killed himself. According to Fox, the agents’ plane apparently went down from mechanical problems and it took 5 years to recover any remains, which were laid to rest in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in Missouri.

Hoover wrote afterward, “… Special Agent Haberfeld had an outstanding record in the service. His excellent background and superior abilities were assurance of a splendid future in the Bureau.”

Buffalo agents are requesting that FBI headquarters declassify the details of the mission, but they didn’t wait for a response to dedicate a memorial in Haberfeld’s honor.

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Belated Honors for Federal Agent Lynched in Post-Reconstruction Mississippi

William Henderson Foote, photo ATF

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

It took a while — a very long while.

The first African-American federal law enforcement officer to be killed in the line of duty after Reconstruction was in 1883. He was lynched by a bloodthirsty mob of 200 townspeople in Mississippi.

Now,   more than a century later, the life and service of William Henderson Foote is being celebrated.

The Washington Post tells the tragic story of William Henderson Foote, a “revenuer,” or deputy tax collector, with the Treasury’s Bureau of Internal Revenue, a predecessor to the ATF.

Though Foote’s agency at the time apparently did nothing to protect him from the lynch mob nor even acknowledge his death, the current ATF did unveil his name on its Memorial Wall during a celebration of his life Monday. As part of National Police Week, his name has also been unveiled on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

Foot was also a civil rights leader, state legislator and local constable. A few days before his murder on Christmas eve of 1883, “with total disregard for his own life, but carrying the inherent responsibility of someone who has been known as a man of the law,” he tried to stop a white “whipping party” intent on lynching a black man, reports the Washington Post, quoting ATF historian Barbara Osteika. A chaotic shoot-out occurred, resulting in the deaths of 3 white men, for which Foote and 10 other black men were arrested.

The white community was not satisfied with the justice system and took vengeance into its own hands, breaking into the prison with a battering ram and dragging Foote and the others to a brutal attack.

Last year, the ATF presented Foote’s great-niece Bettye Gardner with a Gold Star Medal to honor Foote, and great-granddaughter Mattie Patricia Nolcox received one this week.

As the memorial efforts of the ATF and National Police Week attest, it is never too late to heal the wounds of history.

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