The Cleveland office of the FBI held its fourth annual Special Agent memorial service.
Many law enforcement representatives gathered for the memorial, held at the Cleveland FBI’s Lakeside Avenue office on Tuesday.
“There's really nothing more urgent than to come together as a family, to pause in our work to remember and honor the men and women who gave their lives in service to their communities, the rule of the law, and to the country,” said Special Agent in Charge Stephen Anthony.
The featured speaker was Special Agent Joshua Reed, who is the eldest son of Charles “Chuck” Reed.
“Those we honor today were dedicated public servants, they were our colleagues, they were our friends, and having Chuck Reed's family here today reminds us that they were also parents, children, aunts and uncles and grandparents,” Anthony said.
Chuck Reed was a Special Agent who was killed in the line of duty in 1996. Reed had three children; two of them became FBI Special Agents, including Joshua.
“I respected everything about my dad and he was an agent and I wanted to be just like him and that's going to be the only job out there,” Joshua Reed said.
This memorial service is part of a larger memorial initiative that the FBI is observing nationwide. It is National Police Week, which honors the police officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
Many law enforcement agencies honor their fallen, and this year the FBI is recognizing the loss of Special Agents Chris Lorek and Stephen Shaw, who were killed off the coast of Virginia in May 2013 – one year ago this week.
“Both of these brave men served on the elite Hostage Rescue Team. Both were killed during a training accident last May,” Anthony said. “That they were killed in training and not in the field is a solemn reminder of the risk inherent in our everyday work.”
Regardless of the dangers, Reed believes that the service to the country is work the risk.
“It's a tremendous opportunity, it's provided a lot for my family, there's tremendous job security, and we have as many opportunities as we want to do good and make a difference in the world,” Reed said. “I took great pride in my dad being an agent and it helped me be the man that I was and it affords me the same opportunity with my children, and for that it's priceless.”
At Cleveland’s memorial, law enforcement representatives included Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams, U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott, with representatives from DEA, Secret Service, ATF, the U.S. Attorney’s office, and Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s office.