HRT means business

February 6th, 2013 at 1:25 pm by under FOX10 News, Uncategorized

Thanks to a Twitter friend, I read a new version of what happened during the successful rescue of 5 year old Ethan in Midland City this week.  The story highlighted the work the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team, known as HRT.  They train to go into, what appear to be impossible situations, and rescue the innocent while, in FBI terms, stopping the threat.

I had my own experience with the Team during a visit to Quantico, Virginia with FBI sniper Charlie Spaht.   I was in the Washington area with Charlie to do some stories about FBI training.  While Charlie was visiting his favorite gunsmith at Quantico, he asked me to wait for him outside the HRT headquarters, which was just a short walk from where we were.

I strolled there, enjoying the view when, out of nowhere, a voice boomed out, “LEAVE THIS AREA”.

I addressed what sounded like the Voice of God telling Him I had clearance and was asked to meet another agent there, when I heard:


I left.

I told Charlie about this later and he just laughed and said, “They mean business”.

It’s clear from what happened in Midland City, they know their business, too.

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