Special Agent Robert Russell Hardesty

Special Agent Robert Russell Hardesty

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

End of Watch Thursday, June 2, 2005

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Robert Russell Hardesty

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.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall
  • Location Virginia
  • Incident Date Wednesday, May 25, 2005

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My father was Special Agent Hardesty's field training officer for the Indiana State Police and he always spoke so highly of Rob as he called him.

Years later as a young boy, I still remember Rob coming by with his cruiser when he worked at the Indiana Sheriff's Department and letting me sit in his cruiser and play with the lights.

Special Agent Hardesty was taken too soon and the world is a lesser place without him. Rest in peace my friend.

Officer C. Garza, Jr.
Abington Police Department; Abington, MA

May 20, 2019

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