David LeValley, special agent in charge of the Atlanta Division, died May 26 as the result of illness brought on by toxins at the site of the World Trade Center al-Qaeda attack on Sept. 11, 2001.
LeValley started with the FBI in 1996 and was first assigned to the New York Field Office, where he investigated Colombian and Caribbean drug trafficking and money laundering violations on a joint task force with the New York City Police Department. While serving at FBI Headquarters, Mr. LeValley worked to establish the FBI’s Mara-Salvatrucha-13 (MS-13) National Gang Task Force in response to rising concerns about the proliferation of violent transnational gangs, specifically MS-13.
He spent several weeks at the World Trade Center site in the wake of the attacks. The list of first responders and law enforcement deaths attributed to health problems stemming from 9/11 contaminants has grown in recent years. LeValley’s death because of this 9/11 service is considered a death in the line of duty.
Throughout his career, LeValley held leadership positions in the Criminal Investigative Division and Washington Field Office. He was special agent in charge of the Criminal Division of the Washington Field Office when, in September 2016, he was selected to lead the Atlanta Division. He assumed the role in November 2016.
“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,” the Atlanta Field Office said in a statement. “We are honored to have served beside him and are grateful for his leadership and sacrifice.”
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