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FBI Agent Who Died After Exposure to 9/11 Toxins Laid to Rest in Moving Ceremony

Former FBI Agent Mellisa Morrow, via GoFundMe.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who died of brain cancer after she was exposed to contaminants while working at the Pentagon crash site in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks was laid to rest in a moving ceremony this week.

Special Agent Melissa Morrow, 48, who served in the Washington Field Office’s Evidence Response Team on 9/11, was one of the first responders after a passenger jet crashed into the building. Doctors confirmed she was exposed to dangerous toxins while spending 10 weeks collecting evidence at the site.

“She fought this terrible illness with every fiber of her being,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said during the memorial service in Kansas City Tuesday. “Melissa said that when she finally came to terms with the horrible reality of it all, she had a decision to make, and that decision was to fight it with every ounce of courage and strength she could muster.”

Morrow worked in the FBI’s Washington Field Office before joining the bureau’s Kansas City field office.

“She was filled with pride to be keeping her hometown crowd safe from harm,” Wray said. “It meant the world to her, and that kind of work ethic –- that kind of investment in the work you’re doing –- exemplified the bureau at its best, and is all too rare in today’s world.”

Because she was certified by the World Trade Center Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, her death was classified as a Line of Duty Death.

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FBI Agent Dies at 48 After Exposure to 9/11 Toxins at Pentagon Crash Site

Former FBI Agent Mellisa Morrow, via GoFundMe.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who was exposed to contaminants while working at the Pentagon crash site in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks died last week of brain cancer.

Special Agent Melissa Morrow, 48, who served in the Washington Field Office’s Evidence Response Team on 9/11, was one of the first responders after a passenger jet crashed into the building, KMBZ reports

The FBI said she came in contact with numerous toxins while spending 10 weeks combing over evidence at the site.

Because she was certified by the World Trade Center Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, her death was classified as a Line of Duty Death.

Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Country Club Christian Church at 6101 Ward Parkway in Kansa City. The funeral will follow after visitation.   

Timothy Gallagher to Retire As Special Agent in Charge of Newark Division

Timothy Gallagher to retire as head of the FBI’s Newark Division.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Timothy Gallagher, a 22-year veteran of the FBI, plans to retire as head of the bureau’s Newark Division.

Gallagher has served as special agent in charge of the field office since 2016.

His replacement has not yet been announced.

Gallagher began his FBI career as an agent in Canton, Ohio, and served as a deputy assistant director in the FBI’s Criminal Investigative division.

Jill Sanborn, a Veteran Counterterrorism Expert, to Head FBI’s Minneapolis Division

FBI Special Agent Jill Sanborn.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Jill Sanborn, a veteran counterterrorism agent who led the FBI’s investigation of the San Bernardino mass shooting in 2015, has been named special agent in charge of the bureau’s Minneapolis division.

Sanborn will replace Richard Thornton, who is retiring today after leading the Minneapolis office since 2014, when she reports to the office in April.

The Minneapolis office covers Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

“Minnesota and the Dakotas have such rich and diverse cultural and economic reputations and I look forward to getting to work with law enforcement, business, and community leaders to partner in keeping those sectors safe and secure,” Sanborn told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. 

Sanborn began her career as a special agent with the FBI in 1998, when she was assigned to the Phoenix office to investigate fraud and computer intrusions. For most of her nearly 20-year career, Sanborn has been involved in counterterrorism operations, holding leadership positions in the Washington Field Office and the Los Angels Field Office.

John Brosnan Named Special Agent in Charge of N.Y. Field Offices’ Criminal Division

Special Agent John Brosnan appointed to lead the Criminal Division for the New York Field Office.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

John Brosnan, who most recently served as the section chief of the Violent Crimes Against Children Section of the Criminal Investigative Division, has been named special agent in charge of the Criminal Division for the New York Field Office.

That’s where Brosnan began his career as a special agent in 1995, investigating  white-collar crime. He’ll return to the office in March. 

During his 22-year career with the bureau, Brosnan has held leadership positions in the Philadelphia Division and the Counterterrorism Division

Brosnan, who is a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner, was appointed by FBI Director Christopher Wray.

Robert ‘Mac’ McIntrye, a Retired Member of DEA-Detroit Police Task Force, Dies at Age 72

Robert “Mac” McIntyre

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — Robert “Mac” McIntyre, a Vietnam vet and retired Detroit Police officer who worked on a DEA/Detroit Police Task Force in the 1980s and 90s, died Jan. 30 in Michigan. He was 72.

Born on March 23, 1945, McIntyre served in the U.S. Marines from 1963 to 1967. While in Vietnam he was wounded and received the Purple Heart.

After returning to the states, McIntyre  joined the Detroit Police Department in June 1969.  After the Police Academy, he was assigned to the First Precinct.

As a result of his work ethic and performance on the job, he was elevated to the Special Operations Section (SOS) Division, according to former members of the DEA Detroit Group One Task Force.

While in the SOS Division, he worked vice, the Larceny Unit, and was eventually assigned to a plainclothes felony crew.  He was the recipient of numerous letters of commendation, departmental citations, and he received the DPD Life Saving Award.

In 1986, he joined the DEA task force in the Detroit Division at a time crack cocaine was ravaging the city and big violent gangs with names like the Chambers Brothers dominated the drug trade.  He was the case agent on a number of investigations and “was exemplary” in undercover operations, the former task force members said.

In 1994, he was promoted to sergeant and returned to the Detroit Police Department.  He was was assigned to the 12th Precinct Patrol Section and then in 1995, he was transferred to the Narcotic Enforcement Division (NED).

While assigned to NED, he supervised a narcotic enforcement group and was involved in the execution of hundreds of narcotic search and seizure warrants. In August 1995, after a 26 year career, he retired.

The previous year, he married Carolyn Gardner. They moved to Howell, Mich., north of Detroit.

Family described him as a caring grandfather who  cherished his dogs. He also had a love of  golf and enjoyed a good game of cribbage with friends.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn; step sons William, Darren (Bernadette); grandchildren Donovan, Anthony, Alexandra; and sister Pat Moore


FBI Names Michael McGarrity Assistant DIrector of Counterterrorism Division at Headquarters

Michael McGarrity

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Michael McGarrity, who most recently served as special agent in charge of the Criminal Division in the New York FBI division, has been named assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters in Washington.

McGarrity joined the FBI in 1996 and began his career in the New York Field Office, where he investigated violent gangs, Colombian drug trafficking organizations and international money laundering networks, according to a press release. After the  Sept. 11, 2001 terrorism attacks,  McGarrity transferred to the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, where he investigated international terrorism matters.

Throughout his career, he has held leadership positions including:

  • FBI detailee assigned to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center
  • FBI’s deputy on-scene commander in Afghanistan
  • Supervisor of the FBI’s extraterritorial investigation squad in the Washington Field Office
  • Director for Counterterrorism on the White House National Security Staff
  • FBI’s legal attaché in Switzerland
  • First director of the Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, where he led national efforts to secure the safe recovery of U.S. nationals held hostage abroad.

Before joining the FBI, he was a prosecutor in New York and an economist for the U.S. Department of Energy.

He obtained his law degree magna cum laude and undergraduate degree in economics from The Catholic University of America. He also attended Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in National Security program.

Video: David Gelios, Retiring Head of Detroit FBI, Talks About Corruption, Espionage and Donald Trump

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

David Gelios in his office in downtown Detroit (FBI photo)

DETROIT –– David Gelios tenure as head of the FBI in Detroit has been relatively brief but extremely productive.

After becoming the special agent in charge of the office in October 2015, he began overseeing some major public corruption cases. Twelve Detroit school principals and a school administrator were indicted for taking kickbacks from a vendor for school supplies that were ordered but never delivered. The vendor also went to prison.

In Macomb County, outside of Detroit, a number of officials were indicted for taking bribes from a garbage hauler, who was also charged along with his father. And in Detroit, just recently, the former deputy police chief, pleaded guilty to taking a $3,000 bribe from a titan of the towing industry.

As for the probe into Macomb County, he says: “We’re not done yet.”

Now, after nearly 23 years with the bureau, he’s retiring on Jan. 31, just shy of 57, the mandatory retirement age at the FBI. He’s taking a job in San Diego with the Roger Penske organization.

We  visited Gelios in his downtown office this week to chat about his tenure, the public corruption probes, industrial espionage, meeting Trump in Detroit and the impact of presidential criticisms of the bureau.