Wall of Honor

Employees of DEA and its predecessor agencies killed in the line of duty.

Special Agent Michael G. Garbo

Michael G. Garbo

Special Agent

February 10, 1970 - October 4, 2021

On October 4, 2021, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Michael G. Garbo, investigators from DEA’s Phoenix Field Division, and Tucson Police Department officers were conducting interdiction operations on an Amtrak train in Tucson, Arizona. Special Agent Garbo was shot multiple times during the interdiction and succumbed to his wounds. He was a 16-year veteran of DEA. Read more >

Detective Stephen C. Arnold

Stephen C. Arnold

Detective

September 16, 1980 - May 23, 2021

On January 26, 2016, Stephen C. Arnold, a detective with the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, Sheriff’s Office and a Drug Enforcement Administration task force officer, was executing a federal search warrant at a residence in New Orleans with investigators from DEA’s New Orleans Field Division. During the search, Task Force Officer Arnold was shot multiple times and rushed to a hospital. After more than five years of critical medical care, Task Force Officer Arnold succumbed to his injuries on May 23, 2021, remaining always a hero dedicated to his colleagues, friends, and family. Read more >

Jorge R. DelRio

Jorge R. DelRio

Detective

February 25, 1964 - November 7, 2019

On November 4, 2019, Jorge R. DelRio, a Dayton, Ohio, police officer and a 19-year Drug Enforcement Administration task force officer, along with other members of the DEA Dayton Resident Office were executing a federal narcotics search warrant at a residence in Dayton. During the search, Task Force Officer DelRio was shot twice and eventually succumbed to his injuries on November 7, 2019. Read more >

Brent L. Hanger

Brent L. Hanger

Detective

January 28, 1968 - August 6, 2015

On August 6, 2015, Washington State Patrol Detective and Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force Officer Brent L. Hanger was participating in a joint WSP and DEA marijuana eradication effort on public lands outside of Yakima, Washington. This operation was conducted as part of the Seattle, Washington Field Division’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication and Suppression Program. TFO Hanger was hiking with other members of the Reconnaissance and Arrest Team following a tip about a suspected large-scale outdoor grow operation when he suffered chest pains, which required immediate medical attention. Attempts by on-scene medical personnel to revive TFO Hanger proved unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead on the scene. Read more >

James Terry Watson

James Terry Watson

Special Agent

December 9, 1970 - June 21, 2013

Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Terry Watson was murdered on June 21, 2013, during a robbery attempt in Bogota, Colombia. Special Agent Watson was assigned to the DEA Cartagena, Colombia Resident Office at the time of the incident and was on official travel to Bogota as part of a maritime drug smuggling investigation. After leaving colleagues at a restaurant en route to his hotel, Special Agent Watson hailed a cab and, after entering the cab, was stabbed by members of a robbery crew. He fled the cab but collapsed a short distance away. Bystanders came to his aid, but he was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. Read more >

Forrest N. Leamon

Forrest N. Leamon

Special Agent

November 21, 1971 - October 26, 2009

Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Forrest N. Leamon was killed on October 26, 2009, when the U.S. military helicopter he was in crashed while returning from a joint counternarcotics mission in western Afghanistan. Special Agent Leamon was a member of DEA’s foreign-deployed Advisory and Support Team Echo, assigned to Afghanistan. He was 37 years of age at the time of his death. Read more >

Chad L. Michael

Chad L. Michael

Special Agent

February 22, 1979 - October 26, 2009

Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Chad L. Michael was killed on October 26, 2009, when the U.S. military helicopter he was in crashed while returning from a joint counternarcotics mission in western Afghanistan. Special Agent Michael was a member of DEA’s foreign-deployed Advisory and Support Team Alpha, assigned to Afghanistan. He was 30 years of age at the time of his death. Read more >

Michael E. Weston

Michael E. Weston

Special Agent

December 29, 1971 - October 26, 2009

Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Michael E. Weston was killed on October 26, 2009, when the U.S. military helicopter he was in crashed while returning from a joint counternarcotics mission in western Afghanistan. Special Agent Weston was assigned to the Kabul, Afghanistan Country Office. He was 37 years of age at the time of his death. Read more >

Samuel S. Hicks

Samuel S. Hicks

FBI Special Agent

November 27, 1974 - November 19, 2008

On November 19, 2008, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Samuel S. Hicks was tragically shot and killed during a joint DEA, FBI, and Pittsburgh Police Department operation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Read more >

Thomas J. Byrne

Thomas J. Byrne

Special Agent

January 5, 1968 - August 30, 2008

On August 28, 2008, while attending the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, Special Agent Thomas J. Byrne was severely beaten and mugged while walking to his hotel. After multiple surgeries, he succumbed to his injuries on August 30, 2008. Read more >