Throughout the history of this great nation of ours, men and women have chosen to protect and serve their communities by serving as policemen, patrolmen, troopers, agents, whatever title the department or agency applies. Many of these brave souls not only gave their dedication to the job and the community in which they served, they made the ultimate sacrifice - Killed in the line of duty.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Wall of Honor dates back to 1921 and includes all of the DEA predecessor agencies. It also includes, not only the names of DEA Special Agents, but also
honors the names of non-DEA law enforcement personnel who were assigned
to the agency. It also remembers the names of DEA and other administrative staff personnel who lost their lives while on duty.
"Special Heroes" On The Wall
I had the honor and privilege of personally knowing and working with six of the persons honored on the wall. While all of the people were exceptional people, with exceptional talents, two were very special to me.
Enrique "KiKi" Camarena was a deputy sheriff with the Imperial County, California Sheriff's Department and had worked with DEA Agents on narcotics investigations on numerous occasions. He applied for the position of DEA Special Agent and I was on the DEA oral interview board that recommended him for the position.
Upon being hired in 1974, he was assigned to the Calexico, CA
District Office and in 1977 he transferred to the Fresno, CA
District Office, In 1981 he was assigned to the Guadalajara,
Jalisco, Mexico Resident Office.
In 1985 he was kidnapped, tortured and murdered in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
Red Ribbon Week was created in his honor and the red
ribbons are used to promote a drug free society throughout the
Video - The Legacy of KiKI
The Camarena Educational Foundation
The mission of the Enrique “Kiki” S. Camarena Educational
Foundation is to eradicate drug abuse in our nation’s youth.
It is believed that this can be accomplished through education. The
Enrique S. Camarena Educational Foundation was founded to preserve
and promote the sacrifices made by Special Agent “Kiki” Camarena as
well as all law enforcement officers who have given their lives in
fighting drug abuse.
Meredith Thompson began her career with DEA while I was the Agent in Charge of the Columbia, SC office. She worked in the Columbia office until she transferred
to the Miami Field Division in 1986. Special Agent Thompson was a role model, and distinguished herself in everything she did. She was killed in a plane crash in 1994, while working a special operation in Peru, South America.
Each year, in honor of Special Agent Thompson, a golf tournament sponsored by the Association of Former Federal Narcotic Agents (AFFNA) is held in the Northern Virginia area. All proceeds from this event benefit the education of children of our fallen DEA heroes. In addition, a scholarship fund in her name has been set up at the University of South Carolina.
The DEA badge below represents the "Wall of Honor" link which provides the viewer with a list of all of the names, and a brief biographical sketch of each of the fallen heroes.
May they never be forgotten
The latest tragedy
Fighting a war within a war; Afghanistan
I did not have the pleasure of knowing any of the three young men
pictured above. When I retired in 1986 one of them was probably in
the first grade and the other two may have been freshmen in high school.
While they may have been kids when I was on the job, they grew up to be
men among men - making the ultimate sacrifice for mankind.
Our Fallen Heroes of The North
On March 3, 2005, four Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers were killed when a man with a high-powered rifle began shooting during an investigation into a marijuana growing operation in northwestern Alberta, Canada. The picture below is in memory of the four slain officers.