Background on the FBI's Louis E. Peters Memorial Service Award

The following text was taken from a page on the FBI.gov web site which no longer exists but is archived at Internet Archive.

The Louis E. Peters Memorial Service Award

Citizen cooperation is often overlooked as a very effective law enforcement tool. In 1981, Louis E. Peters, a California car dealer, was honored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice for his outstanding contributions to the FBI, his community, and his nation. Shortly after being honored, Mr. Peters died of cancer. The Lou Peters story so touched the hearts of those individuals who worked with him that a proposal was made to allow the memory of Mr. Peters' service to endure.

The FBI and the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI decided in early 1982 to collaborate on an award that has become known as the Louis E. Peters Memorial Service Award. This award was designed not only to preserve the memory of Mr. Peters, but also to recognize publicly those citizens who, at great personal sacrifice, have given unselfishly of themselves to serve their communities and nation. The award is presented at the annual convention of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI.

Below is a list of award recipients and a brief description of their admirable service:

  • In 1982 an Oklahoma commissioner received the award for his contribution during a major public corruption case.
     
  • In 1983 the security director of a private firm in Washington, D.C. received the award for his assistance in the area of foreign counterintelligence.
     
  • In 1984 the award was presented to an individual for her courageous assistance in a major narcotics trafficking case.
     
  • In 1985 an individual received the award for his contribution in one of the most far-reaching espionage cases of the last thirty years.
     
  • In 1986 the award was presented to an individual for her heroic actions aboard the hijacked TWA Flight 847. For more than two weeks this individual prevented terrorists from murdering several passengers.
     
  • In 1987 the award was presented to an individual for his three-year effort against major public corruption in his hometown in Kentucky. He was able to prevent the misuse of more than $200,000 in government housing funds.
     
  • In 1988 an individual received the award for undercover work which included traveling throughout the United States and overseas, in order to aid FBI efforts against organized crime.
     
  • In 1989 the award was presented to an individual who worked tirelessly in an investigation of judicial corruption in Chicago, involving the investigation of judges, lawyers, county personnel, and police officers.
     
  • In 1990 the award was presented to an individual in Mississippi who was credited with unraveling a corruption ring that involved charges against more than 58 government personnel.
     
  • In 1991 the award was presented to an individual who hosts a popular television show which informs the public about wanted fugitives and violent criminals.
     
  • In 1992 an individual received the award who, for many years, served as a double-agent for the FBI to counteract espionage conducted by Soviet Front groups in the United States.
     
  • In 1993 the award was presented to an individual who, for more than a year, assisted the FBI in an investigation of organized crime and its involvement in racehorse rackets.
     
  • In 1994 the award was presented to an individual who, by testifying in court against a violent criminal, placed himself and his family in danger. This individual witnessed a murder but refused to submit to threats and violence prior to the trial of the suspect.
     
  • In 1995 the award was presented to an individual who assisted the FBI in a case involving bribery of a commissioner in Oklahoma. Through the help of this individual, this commissioner, as well as the person initiating the bribe, were charged and convicted.
     
  • In 1996 the award was presented to an individual from Texas whose testimony in the face of danger was key to the conviction of a notoriously dangerous gang member responsible for, in this case, a triple murder.
     
  • In 1997 the award was presented to an individual who provided detailed information on a corporation that fraudulently billed a federally funded transit organization. Due to his cooperation with the FBI, he faced many threats to his life and family.
     
  • In 1998 an individual from Montana received the award for his diligence in peacefully ending a standoff between authorities and a militia group.
     
  • In 1999 the award was presented to an individual from Philadelphia who, at great personal risk, voluntarily assisted the FBI in an investigation to protect the civil rights of others.
 

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