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News | May 16, 2024

Army CID Honors Commitment and Sacrifice of Special Agents Who Lost Their Lives in Service to Our Country

By Keith Smith Army CID

The Director of the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division, Gregory D. Ford, led a remembrance ceremony alongside partners from across the law enforcement community honoring fallen Army CID Special Agents during National Police Week at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. on May 14, 2024.

National Police Week is a time for the nation to remember the women and men who have given their lives in the line of duty while honoring America’s law enforcement community. Ceremonies and services are held in our nation’s capital each May and are attended by surviving spouses, partners, and family members as well as local, state and federal law enforcement.

In attendance were the family members of Special Agent Elmer “Bud” Heggen, Special Agent Henry Herbert Tibbs, and Special Agent Liquat Ali “Leo” Khan, who were recognized during the ceremony. After the ceremony, Director Ford escorted the families to place a rose of remembrance on top of each engraved name on the memorial wall.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is a physical reminder of the sacrifices our nation’s special agents, agents, investigators, deputies, and officers have made while protecting the places we live. The memorial has more than 23,000 names engraved on its walls.

Special Agent Heggen and Special Agent Tibbs were killed July 23, 1973, in an aircraft accident while traveling to testify at a court-martial for a Soldier convicted of murder. Special Agent Khan, who served as the special agent-in-charge at West Point, NY, suffered a fatal heart attack on April 30, 2019, while participating in a U.S. Army physical fitness test.

Director Ford laid a wreath of remembrance on behalf of Army CID in the center of the atrium, followed by a minute of silence before Taps was played to honor Army CID’s fallen Special Agents.

•    Special Agent Liquat “Leo” Kahn, April 30, 2019.
•    Special Agent Joseph M. Peters, October 6, 2013.
•    Special Agent James C. Mayo, September 18, 1987.
•    Special Agent Dirk A. Miller, December 12, 1985.
•    Special Agent Norman E. Larson, September 24, 1973.
•    Special Agent Elmer “Bud” Heggen, July 23, 1973.
•    Special Agent Henry H. Tibbs, July 23, 1973.
•    Special Agent James T. Abbott, January 11, 1971.
•    Special Agent Leroy E. Halbert, December 31, 1970.
•    Investigator John A. Hanson, May 9, 1970.
•    Special Agent Walter E. Snyder, May 9, 1948.

Army CID is the Army’s premier federal law enforcement agency with nearly 3,000 personnel in 124 locations worldwide and is actively recruiting and has hired experienced Special Agents and subject matter experts in a wide range of fields.

Learn more about Army CID and see career opportunities on our website and connect via LinkedIn, YouTube, and X.

A video of the Remembrance Ceremony is archived online at DVIDS - Video - DVIDS - Video - Department of the Army Criminal Investigation Division Fallen Agent Remembrance Ceremony (