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August 25, 2019

FBI Atlanta chief dies of 9/11-linked illness

May 27, 2018
Special Agent David LeValley, who ran the FBI’s Atlanta office, died Saturday from a 9/11-related ailment. He is seen in January. (David Goldman/AP)

The head of the FBI’s Atlanta office died Saturday from unspecified complications linked to his weeks working on the toxic World Trade Center site after 9/11.

David LeValley, who joined the Atlanta office in September 2016, became the latest victim of the 2001 terrorist attack in lower Manhattan, according to the FBI.

The veteran federal agent spent several weeks among the smoldering ruins of the twin towers, with his death “in the line of duty as a direct result of his work,” read an FBI statement.

LeValley joined the FBI in New York in 1996, initially investigating drug trafficking from the Caribbean and Colombia. He held positions in the Criminal Investigative Division and the Washington field office before transferring to Atlanta.

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“LeValley’s death is a great loss to the entire FBI, but particularly to his family, the FBI Atlanta division and the Atlanta community,” the FBI said.

“We are honored to have served beside him and are grateful for his leadership and sacrifice.”

As of last September, the FDNY reported 159 of its members had died of 9/11-related ailments. The NYPD reported 24 Trade Center-linked deaths among its ranks last year alone.

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