Bureau of Investigation
Office Headquarters Building
Linton Av., Springfield, Illinois
Ceremony December 15, 2005
Special Agent Robert “Rob" R. Hardesty, Springfield Field Office,
died on June 2, 2005, from injuries suffered in the line of duty
while conducting Advance SWAT Training at the Tactical Firearms
Training Center at the FBI Academy, Ouantico, On May 25, 2005
Rob was a highly respected and well-liked Agent whose dedication
and leadership impressed everyone who knew him. He began his FBI
career in the Normal, Illinois Resident Agency on December 30, 2001,
after serving for eight years with the Porter County Sheriff’s
Department where he attained the rank of lieutenant. Prior to that,
he served six years as a police officer with the Indiana Excise
The Springfield SWAT Team accepted Rob after one year in the FBI due
to his extensive prior SWAT experience. (Rob was one of the founders
of the Porter County Sheriff’s Department SWAT Team.) It did not
take long for Rob to prove that his selection was the right
decision. Rob was a diligent student of Bureau SWAT procedure and a
stickler for detail. Rob accepted all assignments, no matter how
unimportant they seemed, as though they were the most important.
Rob maintained a quiet, steady, all-business demeanor during
missions and training but was quick to light up the room with
laughter at the completion of his duties. Rob’s quiet confidence
and enthusiasm were contagious to not only his SWAT Team but also to
his entire field office.
Rob not only excelled at his job, he excelled at everything he did.
He was a devoted husband to Toni; and a protective, strict, and yet
nurturing father to two young daughters, Sydney and Carly. He loved
teaching the girls sports and spending quality time with them. He
was the son that any parent would be proud of, and he was the
brother and friend that anyone would want to call their own.
Rob Hardesty’s passing was a blow to the FBI, but it was also his
gift because it brought out the best in all of us and reminded us
that we are truly a family. Rob would be pleased because he was a
team player first and foremost, dedicated to his home family, his
SWAT family, and his Bureau family. It is in his memory and name
that we dedicate the Robert R. Hardesty FBI Springfield Headquarters
Building. We do so in honor of one who gave his life in the line of
duty and in recognition of those who put their lives at risk every
day to protect our country and the American way of life.