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Special Agent Leonard Hatton | United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government

Special Agent

Leonard Hatton

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 15 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Terrorist attack

Location: New York

Incident Date: 9/11/2001

Weapon: Aircraft; Passenger jet

Suspect: 19 suicide attackers

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Special Agent Leonard Hatton was killed during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Special Agent Hatton had entered one of the towers in an attempt to evacuate more victims when the building collapsed.

Agent Hatton was assigned to the Joint Bank Robbery Task Force, and had served with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 15 years. Only three months before the attack he had testified in the trial of a follower of the terrorist group.

Agent Hatton was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife and four children.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, seventy-two officers from a total of eight local, state, and federal agencies were killed when terrorist hijackers working for the al Qaeda terrorist network, headed by Osama bin Laden, crashed two of four hijacked planes into the World Trade Center towers in New York City. After the impact of the first plane, putting the safety of others before their own, law enforcement officers along with fire and EMS personnel, rushed to the burning Twin Towers of the World Trade Center to aid the victims and lead them to safety. Due to their quick actions, it is estimated that over 25,000 people were saved.

As the evacuation continued, the first tower unexpectedly collapsed due as a result of the intense fire caused by the impact. The second tower collapsed a short time later. 71 law enforcement officers, 343 members of the New York City Fire Department and over 2,800 civilians were killed at the World Trade Center site.

A third hijacked plane crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania when the passengers attempted to re-take control of the plane. One law enforcement officer, who was a passenger on the plane, was killed in that crash.

The fourth hijacked plane was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, killing almost 200 military and civilian personnel. No law enforcement officers were killed at the Pentagon.

The terrorist attacks resulted in the declaration of war against the Taliban regime, the illegal rulers of Afghanistan, and the al Qaeda terrorist network which also was based in Afghanistan.

On September 9, 2005, all of the public safety officers killed on September 11, 2001, were posthumously awarded the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor by President George W. Bush.

The contamination in the air at the World Trade Center site caused many rescue personnel to become extremely ill, and eventually led to the death of several rescue workers.

On May 1, 2011 members of the United States military conducted a raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan where Osama bin Laden was hiding. During the raid, they shot and killed bin Laden.

Please click here to visit the memorials of all of the law enforcement officers killed in this terrorist attack.

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Thinking of Lenny and his wife and children as the 12th year approaches. Lenny was my childhood neighbor across the street.
Everyone knew the Hatton's.! Lenny's dad, so big and strong to us little kids back in the 60's was a squared away RP Police LT. and a volunteer fireman always in service... And Lenny followed that Dutiful, Honorable call....When not serving in the FBI he was a RP Volunteer Fireman too. Always giving back, always in service.....
Lenny was serving up until the moment the Tower collapsed.
God knows how many people he helped save.
Thank you Lenny, I'll never forget you.!


Praying for Lenny's wife and children.

Roland Stroebel
childhood neighbor
R.P.

Roland Stroebel
Childhood Neighbor
September 10, 2013

 

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