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Four-Legged ‘Special Agent’ Honored at Retirement Ceremony at FBI’s Newark Field Office

Roxy, a Belgian Malinois, was honored for her work at the FBI. Photo: FBI.

By Steve Neavling

She was a brave, dedicated crime-fighter for the FBI. 

After more than seven years at the Newark Field Office, Roxy, a Belgian Malinois who turned 9 in June, retired with her handler Special Agent Scott Nawrocki on Dec. 26, 2020. 

But the canine’s well-deserved retirement ceremony was delayed because of COVID-19. On Wednesday, she was finally honored for her work. 

“K9 Roxy has been an indispensable member of the FBI team,” George M. Crouch, Jr., special agent in charge of the Newark Field Office, said in a statement. “Her hard work and dedication have helped protect her fellow agents and the community at-large and have assisted in the apprehension of criminals. We are in her debt and wish her a healthy retirement with our gratitude.”

Roxy joined the bureau in 2013 after becoming the youngest cadet to graduate from the New Jersey Police Canine Academy at the age of 1.

 “We knew Roxy would be a great working dog as she pushed her way in front of her brothers and sisters when it came time to eat,” Nawrocki said. “She wasn’t afraid of anything and, at just four weeks old, she was already bounding up and down the stairs.”

During her career, Roxy responded to active shootings, searched for explosives, worked on protective details of three attorneys general and two FBI directors, helped secure the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and even dressed as a cheerleader. 

FBI Remembers Fallen Agent Barry Lee Bush, Who Died on This Date in 2007

FBI Special Agent Barry Lee Bush

By Steve Neavling

On this date in 2007, an FBI agent was fatally shot while trying to arrest three heavily armed bank robbery suspects in central New Jersey. 

Barry Lee Bush, 52, of the FBI’s Newark Field Office, was killed when another agent’s gun accidentally discharged outside a PNC Bank branch in Readington.  

The agent who mistakenly shot Bush was absolved after an investigation by the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility determined the agent was within the bureau’s guidelines for firing his weapon. 

In honor of Bush in April 2008, the bureau’s Newark office was renamed after him.

Bush joined the FBI in 1987 and transferred from the Kansas City Field Office to Newark in 1991. 

At a memorial service on April 12, 2017, then-FBI Director Robert Mueller described Bush as a “dogged investigator” who “loved being part of the action.”

“Barry loved his job,” Mueller said at the time. “But he had two loves in his life. One was the Bureau. The other love—his first love— was his family. He talked about them constantly. They were his pride and joy. No matter how much he loved his work, he loved coming home at the end of the day even more.”

Read Mueller’s full remarks at the memorial service.

George M. Crouch Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Newark Field Office

Special Agent George Crouch.

By Steve Neavling

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George M. Crouch, Jr. has been named special agent in charge of the Newark Field Office.

Crouch was serving as the deputy assistant director in the Human Resources Division at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Crouch’s career with the FBI began in 1998, when he was assigned to cover counterterrorism investigations in the New York Field Office.

In 2002, Crouch became one of the first members of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Fly Squad, working out of the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters. In 2003, Crouch was promoted to a supervisory special agent in the Counterterrorism Division.

In 2006, Crouch began serving as the supervisory senior resident agent of the Allentown Resident Agency of the Philadelphia Field Office, where he oversaw the Allentown area.

In 2010, he became the assistant special agent in charge of the Cleveland Field Office. At other times, he also led the counterterrorism, counterintelligence, human intelligence, technical, surveillance, intelligence, and administrative programs, and oversaw all matters in multiple resident agencies.

In 2014, Crouch was named section chief of the China Intelligence Section in the Counterintelligence Division at headquarters. In 2017, he became deputy assistant director in the Human Resources Division, where he oversaw hiring, retention, transfers, benefits and compensation, promotions, medical, and retirements for FBI employees.

Crouch received a bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of Northern Iowa and a Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University. Before joining the FBI, Crouch served in the U.S. Marine Corps.