Samuel S. Hicks was a devoted father, loving husband, son, grandson, uncle and friend to many. Tragically, on November 19, 2008, FBI Special Agent Hicks was killed while serving a warrant at a home in Indiana Township, Pennsylvania. He was just 33 years old.

Sam touched many lives over the years and meant something different to every person who had the opportunity to interact with him. Sam's distinctive white T-shirt and jeans look, coupled with his infectious laugh and magnetic personality, were trademarks of Sam's day-to-day life. There was just something special about him.

The Samuel S. Hicks Memorial Fund was established to carry on Sam's ideals, principles and legacy by continuing to serve the community in which he lived and worked. The fund provides opportunities to the youth of the Scottdale, Pennsylvania region through educational and law enforcement scholarships as well as various youth and community programs.

Early Life

Samuel was an Eagle Scout in Westmoreland Fayette Boy Scouts of America Council, loved to snowboard and entered the national boarder cross circuit while attending University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (UPJ), surfed, certified scuba diver, barrel raced his quarter horse named Dusty, soccer, guitar, artist, played ice hockey for UPJ, community service.

Samuel worked Tiny Tot Ski School as an instructor at 7 Springs, Safety Ranger of the Year and Ski Patroller of the Year, while attending UPJ. He joined the PA National Guard at age 17 and a junior in high school, completed his basic training at Fort Jackson, SC, between his junior and senior year of high school, and AIT Training between his senior year of high school, as an ammunition specialist in Huntsville, Alabama.

Early Law Enforcement

Sam started his career in law enforcement as a police officer in Ocean City, Maryland and worked there until 2002. He later moved to the Baltimore area to spend more time with his future wife, Brooke (Whaples) Hicks, and became a member of the Baltimore City Police Department where he worked as an undercover narcotics detective. Sam was named the Knights of Columbus Officer of the Year in 2003.

With the FBI

Sam joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2007. He completed his Special Agent training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia in March of that year.

Sam was assigned to the FBI Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force at the FBI Pittsburgh Field Office which brought him back home to Western Pennsylvania. In August 2008, he was one of 11 agents chosen from across the country to attend a special training in Amman, Jordan. Sam was living the life he had always dreamed of -- he had a great family, great circle of friends and a career that he loved.

After nearly a year of dedicated service, Special Agent Samuel S. Hicks was shot and killed in the line of duty while executing a federal search warrant at a home in Indiana Township near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The arrest was part of a year-long investigation involving multiple federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. His EOW, or End Of Watch, was November 19, 2008.

"With his experience as former law enforcement he was really the go-to guy if you had any questions," said Special Agent Brandon Yourczek, classmate of Hicks at the FBI Training Academy, on the FBI website. "Sam was the guy that you looked to see 'how should I act in this situation.'" Watch the video …

On May 2, 2009, Special Agent Hicks' name was added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. Watch the video …