Hero Down: FBI Special Agent Melissa Morrow Dies From 9/11 Illness

Special Agent Melissa Morrow died on Thursday.

Kansas City, MO - FBI Special Agent Melissa Morrow, 48, died on Thursday from a 9/11 related illness.

On September 11, 2001, agent Morrow was assigned to the Evidence Response Team at the FBI's Washington Field Office, according to Kansas City Star.

ODMP reports that she spent 10 weeks collecting evidence in contaminated conditions at the site of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

In 2013 she also responded to a six-alarm fire at a warehouse containing contaminated evidence from the Pentagon, according to Kansas City Star.

Agent Morrow later developed brain cancer as a result of those conditions, which ultimately killed her. Her death is classified as a line of duty death.

Agent Morrow served in the FBI at the Kansas City field office at the time of her passing.

A friend of Agent Morrow had previously posted to Head For The Cure:

Melissa is a smart, fun, and enthusiastic person who works hard at the gym, office, and life. Positive energy, honesty, sincerity, and a VERY unique cackle follow her wherever she goes.

I would love to share some of Melissa's story with you. Melissa was born and raised in mid-Missouri. She attended undergrad and law school at the Univ. of Missouri. Melissa began her career as an FBI Special Agent in 1995 in the Washington Field Office.

Melissa successfully worked cases involving economic crimes, fraud violations, and child exploitation and was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent. Melissa transferred to the Kansas City office in 2010. On July 9, 2016, Melissa was diagnosed with grade four glioblastoma multiforme brain cancer.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of FBI Special Agent Melissa Morrow, both blood and blue. Godspeed, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.