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Special Agent Robert Russell United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government

Special Agent

Robert Russell "Rob" 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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Your physical body is gone, but I believe your spirit watches over your family and the officers who have followed in your footsteps. Thank you, Sir, for your service then when you were here on this plane of existence and thank you still for your continued Service as you watch over officers currently in the line of duty everywhere.....

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