Samuel S. Hicks was a devoted father, loving husband, son, grandson, uncle and friend/colleague 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 each 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 by family, friends and colleagues to carry on Sam's ideals, principles and legacy by continuing to serve the communities in which he lived and worked through educational and law enforcement scholarships as well as various children, youth and community programs. 



Early Life

As Sam grew up in Southwestern Pennsylvania, he led a very active life. He became an Eagle Scout with the local Boy Scout Troop. While a junior in high school he joined the Pennsylvania National Guard and also began his military career with basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He completed specialty training and became an ammunition specialist in Huntsville, Alabama in the summer between his high school graduation and his freshman year of college.

In the winter time, Sam immersed himself in various outdoor activities. He loved to snowboard so much that he entered and competed in the National Boarder Cross Country Circuit. He also became involved in various activities at 7 Springs Mountain Resort. He started out as a ski instructor at the Tiny Tot Ski School and ended up as Safety Ranger and Ski Patroller of the Year. Somehow, he found time to play ice hockey at The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

In the summer time, Sam liked to surf, scuba dive, play soccer and barrel race his quarter horse, Dusty. He was a summer camp counselor and also loved to go whitewater rafting. Sam also had an artistic side that shined while playing the guitar or pursuing his interests in drawing/designing.

Sam accomplished these activities while attending Southmoreland High School and then The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.


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. There he 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, a great circle of friends and a career that he loved.

After over 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 End of Watch (EOW) 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 …