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Retiring Special Agent in Charge of Philadelphia FBI Office Fulfilled Parents’ Dreams

Edward Hanko

Edward Hanko

By Steve Neavling

All Ed Hanko’s parents wanted was for their son to achieve more than they did.

Hanko did just that, recently finishing a 29-year career with the FBI and retiring as the special agent in charge of the bureau’s Philadelphia field office, The Citizens Voice reports.

His dad was a coal miner. His mom worked in a dress factory,” The Citizens Voice wrote. “Neither finished high school and both had health problems.”

Hanko’s job in the Philadelphia office put him in charge of the eastern part of the state, including his hometown of Wilkes-Barre.

“For me, looking back, it’s quite an accomplishment to come from those humble beginnings,” Hanko said in a telephone interview with the Citizens Voice. “I got to appreciate what is was like to be at the low end of the economic scale. But it didn’t dissuade me.”

New Head of FBI Office in Philadelphia Finds Inspiration from Old Photo of His Dad

Ed Hanko

Steve Neavling

When Ed Hanko took over as special agent in charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia office, he prominently displayed a photo of his father standing with about 60 other helmeted coal miners at a plant in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The weathered black-and-white photo on his bookshelf reminds Hanko of how hard is father worked without making it to high school. 

The Inquirer wrote that Hanko was 12 when he and his father toured the mine. When they re-emerged, his father told Hanko to stay in school and get a good job.

“Whenever I feel like I’m having a bad day,” Hanko, now 52, said, “I look at the picture of my father.”