Terrorists from the 9/11 attacks have taken another life. David LeValley died over the weekend.
The special agent in charge of the FBI’s Atlanta office has died due to complications from his work responding at the World Trade Center on 9/11.
In a news release, the FBI says David LeValley died Saturday. The agency says following the terrorist attacks in New York, LeValley spent several weeks exposed to contaminants and died “in the line of duty as a direct result of his work” there, reported Fox 5 Atlanta.
According to the FealGood Foundation, more than 2,000 first responders have died from 9/11-related illnesses, reported News 12 Long Island.
LeValley joined the FBI in 1996 as part of the bureau’s New York Field Office, where he handled drug trafficking and money laundering cases. He was there when the terrorist attack on Sept. 11 happened, which led to extensive work and exposure in the aftermath.
“His death came from his work at Ground Zero,” officials declared.
Our hearts are heavy at #FBI Atlanta as our leader SAC David J. LeValley paid the ultimate sacrifice today. He died in the line of duty after sacrificing for his country as a first responder to 9/11. We will always be grateful for your sacrifice and your leadership. pic.twitter.com/RiAGFIre3e
— FBI Atlanta (@FBIAtlanta) May 27, 2018
After New York, LeValley worked with the FBI creating national programs to tackle organized theft. In 2005, he helped to establish the bureau’s task force to evaluate the rise of the criminal gang Mara-Salvatrucha-13, or MS-13 for short, the bureau said.
Before joining the FBI, LeValley served his country in the United States Marine Corps and joined the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Police Department as an officer after leaving the Corps.
“Mr. LeValley’s death is a great loss to the entire FBI, but particularly to his family, the FBI Atlanta Division and the Atlanta community. We are honored to have served beside him and are grateful for his leadership and sacrifice,” the FBI said in a statement.
His son, Justin LeValley said in a Facebook post Saturday that his father died surrounded by family and friends, USA Today reported.
Special Agent in Charge David LeValley is gone, but will never be forgotten.
End of Watch: May 26, 2018