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FBI Agents Donate Money to Pentagon Memorial Fund

By Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2003 – Three members of the FBI Washington Field Office Evidence Response Team at the Pentagon after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack returned today to present a $5,000 check to the Pentagon Memorial Fund.

"We had agents involved in evidence collection and victim recovery at the Pentagon, and after working an event like that, we decided to do something for the Pentagon family," said FBI Special Agent Tom O'Connor, who presented the check to Michael Sullivan, acting Pentagon renovation program manager. With O'Connor were Special Agents Chris Mayfield and Garrett McKenzie, who were also on the FBI response team.

"We raised $10,000 during a charity hockey game between the New York Fire Department and the FBI Agents Association," O'Connor noted. "We decided to donate $5,000 to the New York Fire Department Widows and Orphans Fund and $5,000 to the Pentagon Memorial Fund." McKenzie proposed and organized the hockey game, played on Aug. 24, 2002.

"It's really amazing, because of how much the FBI contributed to the recovery effort, that we should be contributing to you (rather than) you to us," Sullivan said, after thanking the agents. Besides the long hours you put in, (that) you went above and beyond to sponsor a hockey game in conjunction with the New York Fire Department is pretty commendable and impressive."

Through special congressional authorization, DoD can accept donations toward the Pentagon Memorial. To donate to the memorial project, checks can be made payable to "United States Treasury" and mailed to Washington Headquarters Services, Pentagon Memorial, Budget and Finance, Room 3B269, 1155 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1155.

For more information, visit the Pentagon Renovation Program Web site at renovation.pentagon.mil.

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Click photo for screen-resolution imagePosing with a $5,000 check from the FBI Agents Association are (from left), Special Agents Garrett McKenzie and Chris Mayfield; Michael Sullivan, acting Pentagon Renovation Program Manager; and Special Agent Thom O'Connor. The three agents made the presentation to Sullivan Feb. 3, 2003. They were members of the FBI team that searched through the rubble of the Pentagon for victims' remains and evidence for more than three weeks following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack. The agents association raised money by playing a benefit hockey game and donated it to the Pentagon Memorial Fund. Photo by Rudi Williams.  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageFBI Special Agents Garrett McKenzie, Thomas O'Connor and Chris Mayfield visit the Pentagon Memorial for the first time, Feb. 3, 2003. They hadn't been to the Pentagon since spending three weeks on the FBI evidence team after Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the building. Photo by Rudi Williams.  
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