Eagle Scout project cleans up FBI agent's memorial in Indiana Township
By Sharon Drake
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
A recent fall cleanup at the Samuel Hicks' memorial at Indiana Township's town hall brought together federal agents, Boys Scouts and families.
The event on Oct. 26 was led by Treavor Moore, 16, who is working to achieve scouting's highest rank of Eagle Scout.
FBI agent Hicks, 33, was killed Nov. 19, 2008 while serving an arrest warrant at an Indiana Township home. He left behind a wife and 2-year-old son, and had earned the rank of Eagle Scout, too.
“There are a lot of good kids out there. Samuel is a very good example for them,” said Hicks' mother, Charlotte Carrabotta. “(Youngsters) need to know some decisions shape them their whole lives.”
About 15 Scouts representing Troop 380 out of Christ's Church, Squaw Run Road East, participated in the cleanup.
They placed plants and mulched beds, necessary fall maintenance for the grounds at the Saxonburg Road municipal site.
About 20 FBI agents and their family and friends concentrated efforts around the waist-high granite stone etched with Hicks' name. The carved words “Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity” stand out.
“(Samuel Hicks) was a very good agent, but more importantly, he was a good person,” said Robert Johnson, assistant special agent in charge at Pittsburgh's FBI unit.
The group dug in — literally — under the direction of Treavor, a high school junior from Dorseyville.
Treavor met several times with township representatives to plan the work session. The landscaping of the memorial was a primary concern but all the beds needed to be readied for winter.
“It made it so much more meaningful to work on the memorial in addition to helping the township,” said Treavor's mother, Beth.
Hicks mother said the memorial is a “true honor” to her late son.
“It is such a personal place,” Carrabotta said. “The whole community worked for it.”
Christina Korbe, 44, of Indiana Township admitted to killing Hicks, as part of a plea bargain. She shot Hicks with a .38-caliber revolver as he and other officers attempted to arrest her husband on drug charges.
Korbe recently requested a reduction in her sentence of 15 years and 10 months, a move which the FBI Agents Association opposes.
Korbe is an inmate at the federal penitentiary in Preston County, W.Va., and is due to be released in September 2022, according to the Bureau of Prisons.
Sharon Drake is a freelance writer with Trib Total Media.
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