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News Release
June 24, 2003

Federal Law Enforcement Foundation
Honors DEA/TFO Wallie E. Howard, Jr.

Federal Law Enforcement Foundation Heroes' Night program cover

On May 28, 2003 The Federal Law Enforcement Foundation held it's third Heroes' Night. Heroes' Night was formed by the FLEF in 1999 when they recognized that the hardships faced by families of agents and officers killed in action often become more difficult with each passing year after the death of their loved one. Once all the attention and focus on the tragedy ends and other people go back to their routines, the family is left to quietly persevere and endure their unimaginable grief. Often financial problems compound their sorrow. The foundation pledges never to forget that their loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice. The Foundation honors their memories just as they honored our freedom and our country with their years of dedication, hard work and bravery.

photo - Wallie Howard Jr.
Wallie Howard Jr.

Police Investigator Wallie E. Howard, Jr., was killed on October 30, 1990, during an undercover investigation in Syracuse, New York. A nine year veteran of the Syracuse Police Department assigned to the DEA Task Force, Investigator Howard was shot to death when drug traffickers attempted to rob him during the purchase of two kilograms of cocaine. He was 31 years of age and was the first Syracuse police officer to die in the line of duty since 1929.

Law Enforcement Agents and Officers also honored included:

Joseph J. Brock
Federal Bureau of Investigation
July 26,1952

Louis David Dixon
United States Customs Service
April 24, 1974

Anthony T. Dwyer
New York City Police Department
October 17, 1989

John G. Finiello
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
September 19, 1930

Lawrence Patrick Gleason
New York State Police
February 11, 2002

Albert J. Mallen
New Jersey State Police
August 28,1985

Kenneth B. Muir
United States Marshals Service
February 13, 1983

William J. Perry
Port Authority of NY/NJ Police Department
December 22, 1980

Donald W. Robinson
United States Secret Service
March 5, 1983

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