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DEA Survivors Benefit Fund
Samuel S. Hicks

Samuel S. Hicks

On November 19, 2008, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent Samuel S. Hicks was tragically shot and killed during a joint DEA, FBI and Pittsburgh Police Department operation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Special Agent Hicks began his law enforcement...
Thomas J. Byrne

Thomas J. Byrne

On August 28, 2008, while attending the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, Special Agent (SA) Thomas J. Byrne was attacked and severely beaten and mugged while walking to his hotel. After multiple surgeries, he...
Jay Balchunas

Jay Balchunas

On October 29, 2004, Task Force Officer John “Jay” Balchunas was fatally wounded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He died from his injuries on November 5, 2004. Officer Balchunas was conducting surveillance as part of the Department of Justice/FBI Fall Threat Initiative prior...
Don Ware

Don Ware

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Donald C. Ware died on October 12, 2004 of complications during a surgery that was directly attributed to gunshot wounds he received on June 9, 1975, while working on an undercover operation in Mexico. Special Agent...
Terrance P. Loftus

Terrance P. Loftus

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Terrance P. Loftus was killed on May 28, 2004, when the plane he was piloting crashed shortly after take off from Midway International Airport in Chicago, Illinois. Agent Loftus was providing air support to the...
Elton Lee Armstead

Elton Lee Armstead

Telecommunications Specialist, Elton Lee Armstead died in the line of duty on March 18, 2003. His death was a result of injuries suffered from a fall while installing surveillance equipment on a grain silo in support of an ongoing narcotics investigation in Morris,...

The Survivors Benefit Fund is not part of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) or Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) but, instead, is a private 501(c)(3) organization that supports the families of DEA agents, employees, and task force officers who gave their lives in the line-of-duty. Neither the DOJ nor DEA approves, endorses, or authorizes the Survivors Benefit Fund, its materials, or its fundraising efforts.