FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) President Tom O’Connor issued the following statement on the 16th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:
“The FBI Agents Association marks with solemn reflection the 16th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks by remembering all the victims and their families. FBI Special Agent Leonard “Lenny” Hatton was one of those who lost his life 16 years ago today when he saw smoke and fire coming from the North Tower of the World Trade Center and rushed to the scene. Special Agent Hatton reported critical information to the FBI and assisted emergency responders in leading people from the World Trade Center buildings to safety. He lost his life when the buildings collapsed.
We also remember on this day FBI Special Agents who responded to 9/11 sites and were exposed to toxins and hazardous materials in the performance of their duty. Some of these Agents are ill and some have died from cancer from this exposure. In 2016, seven brave FBI Special Agents who died from 9/11-related illnesses received posthumous commemoration as their names were added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall of Honor in Washington, DC: SSAs Steven A. Carr and Robert Roth and SAs Jerry D. Jobe and Wesley J. Yoo of the Washington Field Office; SAs William R. Craig and Paul Howard Wilson of Pittsburgh; and SA Gerard D. Senatore of Charlotte. We also remember SA Rex Stockham, who responded to the crash scene in Shanksville, PA and passed away in October 2016 from a 9/11-related illness.
Unfortunately, other Agents continue to battle illnesses from their bravery related to 9/11. FBIAA continues to work to ensure that these Agents and their families obtain the benefits they need and deserve.
On this solemn day, we remember with gratitude Special Agent Hatton and other Agents who responded to the attacks, and all of the 9/11 heroes who served our fellow citizens with courage and compassion.”
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The FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) is an organization dedicated to providing support and advocacy to active and former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Membership includes more than 13,000 active and former Special Agents of the FBI. The pillars of our organization include internal advocacy, legal representation, a legislative lobbying effort and financial support to agents, offered through both Memorial Scholarship and Member Assistance funds. For more information, please visit www.fbiaa.org.