Samuel K. Hicks, FBI agent, former city officer

November 22, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., for Samuel Kenneth Hicks, an FBI agent and former Baltimore police officer who was killed Wednesday while attempting to make an arrest at a home in Glenshaw, Pa. He was 33.

Mr. Hicks was born and raised in Somerset, Pa., and after graduating from Somerset High School in 1992, enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, where he earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1996.

Mr. Hicks taught biology at Owings Mills High School and worked as a police officer in Ocean City before graduating from the Baltimore Police Academy in 2002.

He began his career in the Southwestern District and remained there until 2005, when he was assigned to the organized crime division.

Since resigning from the city Police Department in 2007, Mr. Hicks had been a member of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force in Pittsburgh, family members said.

Mr. Hicks, a resident of Gibsonia, Pa., was an Eagle Scout and had been a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard. He had also been a member of the ski patrol at the Seven Springs Ski Resort in Seven Springs, Pa.

"His whole life was dedicated to helping others. Everyone who met Sam loved and respected him," said Angela Hohman, a sister-in-law who lives in Perry Hall. "He was also an amazing father, and that's what makes this all so sad."

Mr. Hicks and his wife, the former Brooke Whaples, celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary Nov. 8, family members said.

Viewings for Mr. Hicks will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and Monday at the Schimunek Funeral Home, 9705 Belair Road, in Perry Hall.

Interment will be at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road, in Timonium.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Hicks is survived by his son, Noah, 2; his father, David Hicks, and stepmother, Jean Hicks of Virginia Beach, Va.; his mother, Charlotte Carrabotta, and stepfather, Don Carrabotta, of Somerset; a brother, Ben Hicks of Knoxville, Tenn.; a sister, Emily Hicks of Somerset; and maternal grandparents, French and Efie Trogdon of Georgia.

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