2008-12-18 / Local & State

Hundreds Gather In Pa. To Recall Slain FBI Agent

By Ramith Plushnick-Masti ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

PITTSBURGH (AP) - An FBI agent slain during a drug raid in suburban Pittsburgh was a man who loved his job so much he could barely believe he was paid to do it.

Sam Hicks was remembered Friday by about 200 friends, family and law enforcement officials at a memorial service in Pittsburgh. The 33-year-old FBI special agent was killed Nov. 19 while serving a drugtrafficking warrant.

FBI Director Robert Mueller said that, while he never knew Hicks personally, he felt like he had gotten to know him in the weeks following his death by listening to stories told by his wife, Brooke, and by meeting his 2- year-old son, Noah. Hicks, it turned out, was the best at everything he did, Mueller said.

"The best friend, the best agent, the best police officer, the best husband and the best father,'' Mueller said. "He deserved the recognition in death that he had not sought in life.''

Hicks was a talented law enforcement officer who specialized in narcotics and always had the most and best sources of information, Mueller said.

"May we all take some comfort in knowing that Sam died doing what he loved,'' he added.

Chuck Hileman, Hicks' childhood friend, thanked the slain agent's mother for raising him to be the man he became and

thanking his father for allowing

them to reconnect. His voice

breaking, he looked out at Hicks'

wife and son, saying "I was so proud of the husband and father he became.''

Always striving to be the best, Hileman said Hicks loved his job in law enforcement.

"Sam would often say, 'I can't believe someone pays me to do what I love,''' Hileman said.

Hicks' funeral was Nov. 25 in Baltimore, his wife's hometown and where he served as a police officer for five years.

Christina Korbe, the wife of the man being sought in the drug raid, has been charged with fatally shooting Hicks. She told police she thought her home was being burglarized and she was shooting a home invader.

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