On Sept. 11, 2001, 14 Virginia ABC agents were among the brave men and women who responded to the terrorist attack on the Pentagon. The agents helped with everything from traffic control to triaging victims, and they joined other first responders in shepherding people away from the Pentagon, across the street and under the overpass to get them out of harm’s way.
"Here was a case where there was a small group of us that found ourselves in that situation, andthe training that you've had over the years, it just sort of takes control, and your mind kicks into that mindset," said Virginia ABC Bureau of Law Enforcement Region 4 Special Agent-in-Charge Barbara Storm, who was among the agents who responded that day.
In the aftermath, Storm and her teammates returned to the Pentagon and, sifting through the debris, helped the FBI, the Pentagon's protective services and other federal agencies retrieve classified documents, parts and anything else that might had been significant to their investigation.
The following agents were recognized by state and ABC leadership for their valiant efforts: Sylvester Cheatham, Christopher Dillard, Philip Disharoon, Ronald Funkhouser, Wolfgang Gholson, Steven Hardeman, Jonathan Holland II, Katie Hudak, Darren Hunt, R. Scott Kehoe, Stanley Meador, L. Scott Reinhardt, Barbara Storm and David Vinson.
After 9/11, many Virginia ABC agents left for federal service, having been inspired by the events they had witnessed first-hand, or retired. Barbara Storm is the last of the 14 agents to remain with Virginia ABC’s Bureau of Law Enforcement.