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Special Agent Robert Russell Hardesty | 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

Robert Russell Hardesty

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

End of Watch: Thursday, June 2, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 16 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Fall

Location: Virginia

Incident Date: 5/25/2005

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Special Agent Robert Hardesty succumbed to injuries suffered eight days earlier during a training exercise at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Agent Hardesty fell 20 feet off an airplane wing during an FBI SWAT team training exercise while he was practicing aircraft entry techniques. He was transported to Inova Health Systems in Falls Church, Virginia, where he remained until he died from complications as a result of being paralyzed in the fall.

Agent Hardesty had served with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for three years and was assigned to a resident agency in Bloomington, Illinois. He had previously served with the Indiana State Excise Police for six years and the Porter County, Indiana, Sheriff's Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters and two sisters. On December 15, 2005, the Robert R. Hardesty FBI Headquarters Building was dedicated at the Springfield, Illinois, field office in his honor.

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I haven't been here for a long time to read reflections and it touched my heart to see that people still come back here to reflect on the great man that you were to so many. I know you see all of the girls' amazing accomplishments and are beaming with pride. You are missed terribly by all of us.

Toni Hardesty
Wife
March 13, 2017

 

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