FBI Recognizes Local Bomb Squad


The agency recognized the squad for their hard work during the Midland City hostage situation.

Heavily armed men move away from the suspects home at the scene of a Dale County hostage scene in Midland City, Ala. on Wednesday Jan. 30, 2013. Authorities were locked in a standoff Wednesday with a gunman authorities say on Tuesday intercepted a school bus, killed the driver, snatched a 6-year-old boy and retreated into a bunker at his home in Alabama. (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser, Mickey Welsh) NO SALES

The FBI honors Dothan's bomb squad.

The agency recognized the squad for their hard work during the Midland City hostage situation.

“They're fearless really. I say that in a sincere manner. Most of us when we hear bomb we want to run in the opposite direction. These men here today, when they hear the word bomb they want to go to it to make things safer for all of us,” said FBI Special Agent Steve Richardson.

Officials say they played a significant role start to finish.

Once Ethan was rescued, bomb technicians had to make the scene safe because there were bombs still on site.

Local leaders say the recognition is well-deserved.

“They train extremely hard all the time. Being as good as they are and being able to help at the situation in Midland City. Being recognized as the team that needed to be there along with the FBI speaks volumes about our agency,” said Dothan Police Chief Greg Benton.


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