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New Hero Search Melissa S. Morrow - Mar. 22, 2018 (29724)

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Resided: Kansas City KS, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Mar. 22, 2018
Race/Sex: Caucasian Female / 48 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW  
Washington D.C., DC   20535-0001   USA
(202)324-3000
County: DC
Dept. Type: Federal/Police
Hero's Rank: Special Agent
Sworn Date: 1995
FBI Class: Homicide - Terrorism
Weapon Class: Biological
Agency URL: Click Here
Badge: 1108
On The Job: 22 years
Bio: Melissa was born and raised in mid-Missouri and bled Black and Gold for her University of Missouri Tigers. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia Magna Cum Laude with honors before completing her law school juris doctorate degree there in 1994. Melissa was a distinguished member of her law school class, competing in the National Moot Court in 1994.

After graduating, Melissa practiced as a civil litigation attorney in Kansas City, Missouri, and became a member of the Missouri and Kansas Bar Associations. Melissa had a distinguished career as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) beginning in 1995. She was assigned to the Washington D.C. Field Office where she investigated cyber and economic crimes, served as an undercover agent, and was a member of the Evidence Response Team before becoming a Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) in 2005.

In 2007, SSA Morrow led the Child Exploitation Squad at the Washington Field Office whose responsibilities included investigating crimes involving the online sexual exploitation of children, child abductions, international parental kidnappings, and child prostitution. Melissa's passion was protecting children, which led to her forming the Washington Metro Child Exploitation Task Force serving the Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. areas.

In July 2010, Melissa received a transfer to the FBI Kansas City Division, where she investigated financial and intellectual property crimes. Her work in Kansas City led to numerous recognitions and awards, including the FBI Agents Association Award of Excellence for Distinguished and Exemplary Service. As a member of the FBI Evidence Response Team, Melissa served at the Pentagon in the months following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

After being diagnosed with a highly aggressive form of glioblastoma brain cancer in July 2016, Melissa passed away on March 22, 2018. Her illness, attributed to her service at the Pentagon, is considered a Line of Duty Death. As such, the FBI will be nominating her for the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C., the state of Missouri Law Enforcement Memorial, the FBI Wall of Honor, and the FBI Memorial Star.

Melissa had an infectious laugh that was affectionately referred to as her "'cackle' by family and friends. Fiercely loyal and strong, Melissa once qualified her track team for State Finals by performing the 4x800 in an air cast. She was grateful for everyone that surrounded her during her illness, especially to her Kansas City FBI Family who formed #TeamMelissa which extended throughout her law enforcement family in the United States and overseas, as well as her healthcare team at Saint Luke's Hospital and Hospice. Melissa never wavered in her determination to fight or her strong faith. Following her diagnosis, she said, 'Every single day, hour, minute, and second being alive is a precious gift and one that I will never, ever take for granted again. Remarkably, I have never felt more at peace than I do now. I have placed my faith and trust in God, knowing that everything will work out the way it is supposed to be.'

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location:   Arlington, VA   USA   Tue. Sep. 11, 2001
Summary: Special Agent Melissa Morrow died as the result of brain cancer that she developed following her assignment to the search and recovery efforts at the Pentagon following the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks. She was assigned to FBI Washington Field Office's Evidence Response Team and spent 10 weeks recovering and processing evidence from the site in hazardous and contaminated conditions.

Special Agent Morrow had served with the FBI for 22 years and was assigned to the Kansas City Field Office at the time of her passing. She is survived by her parents and sister.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, seventy-two officers from a total of eight local, state, and federal agencies were killed when terrorist hijackers working for the al Qaeda terrorist network, headed by Osama bin Laden, crashed two of four hijacked planes into the World Trade Center towers in New York City. After the impact of the first plane, putting the safety of others before their own, law enforcement officers along with fire and EMS personnel, rushed to the burning Twin Towers of the World Trade Center to aid the victims and lead them to safety. Due to their quick actions, it is estimated that over 25,000 people were saved.

As the evacuation continued, the first tower unexpectedly collapsed due as a result of the intense fire caused by the impact. The second tower collapsed a short time later. 71 law enforcement officers, 343 members of the New York City Fire Department and over 2,800 civilians were killed at the World Trade Center site.

A third hijacked plane crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania when the passengers attempted to re-take control of the plane. One law enforcement officer, who was a passenger on the plane, was killed in that crash.

The fourth hijacked plane was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, killing almost 200 military and civilian personnel. No law enforcement officers were killed at the Pentagon.

The terrorist attacks resulted in the declaration of war against the Taliban regime, the illegal rulers of Afghanistan, and the al Qaeda terrorist network which also was based in Afghanistan.

On September 9, 2005, all of the public safety officers killed on September 11, 2001, were posthumously awarded the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor by President George W. Bush.

The contamination in the air at the World Trade Center site caused many rescue personnel to become extremely ill, and eventually led to the death of several rescue workers.

On May 1, 2011 members of the United States military conducted a raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan where Osama bin Laden was hiding. During the raid, they shot and killed bin Laden.

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