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Date: November 20, 1996

Release #595-96

Contact: Colleen Roche (212) 788-2958 or Dwight Williams (212) 788-2972


Street Renaming Honors DEA Agent Killed in the Line of Duty

Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani today unveiled the "Special Agent Everett E. Hatcher Place" street sign on West 17th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues in Manhattan. The street, home to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration's New York Regional office, was renamed in honor of DEA Agent Hatcher who was shot and killed during a 1989 undercover operation in Staten Island.

The Mayor also proclaimed today "Special Agent Everett E. Hatcher Day" in the City of New York. Joining the Mayor at today's unveiling were Thomas Constantine, Administrator for the DEA, Mary Jo White, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District, James Kallstrom, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Assistant Director in Charge, Carlo A. Boccio, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA's New York Regional Office, Police Commissioner Howard Safir, members of the Hatcher family, and members of the DEA.

"I'm very pleased to be here today to honor the memory of Special Agent Everett E. Hatcher," Mayor Giuliani said. "Special Agent Hatcher typified the courage and the dedication of those who serve in the Drug Enforcement Administration. Their work is extremely dangerous, often dealing with the most violent criminals in society. But they do it with bravery, dedication, competence and effectiveness. Although he was not required to do undercover work, Everett volunteered for the assignment because he could contribute more by working undercover than in any other capacity. In light of all that he sacrificed in serving the people of New York, I think it is only fitting that we rename this street in Special Agent Hatcher's honor."

Everett E. Hatcher, born on October 9, 1942, attended PS 134 in Queens and De Witt Clinton High School in the Bronx. After graduating high school, he earned a Bachelor's degree in physical education from the Hampton Institute in Virginia. He later attended graduate school at Boston University, earning a Master's degree in education.

After brief stints teaching in New York City schools and working in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office as an investigator, Hatcher joined the Drug Enforcement Administration as a special agent in the New York Regional Office in 1977. He received Special Achievement Awards in 1982 and 1983 for his investigative work and a third in 1987 for his work in the DEA's recruiting program.

Special Agent Hatcher was slain during an undercover drug investigation in Staten Island on February 28, 1989. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane, and two children, Zachary and Joshua.

On October 4, 1996, Mayor Giuliani signed into law City Council bill Intro 835 which added the name "Special Agent Everett E. Hatcher Place" to West 17th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues in Manhattan.

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