Memorial service pays tribute to FBI agent slain in Sunrise raid

Susannah Bryan, South Florida Sun Sentinel
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Under a gray and somber sky, the memorial service for slain FBI Special Agent Dan Alfin will get underway Sunday at about 2 p.m. at Hard Rock Stadium.

Alfin, 36, was killed on Tuesday, along with FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger, while serving a warrant to a child pornography suspect.

He leaves behind a wife, Jessie, and 4-year-old son, Eli.

Born in New York, Alfin joined the FBI’s Albany office in 2009. He transferred to Miami in 2017 and had been investigating crimes against children for seven years.

A memorial for Schwartzenberger was held Saturday at the Miami Gardens stadium where she was remembered as a tough, accomplished agent known for her grace and grit. She leaves behind two sons.

Alfin’s father, David Alfin, told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that his son knew early on that he wanted to spend his life helping others.

After developing a keen interest in computers, he decided to take his talents to the FBI.

As an agent, one of Alfin’s crowning achievements involved investigating one of the country’s largest child porn operations on the dark web. Kids in the U.S. were rescued and an estimated 900 people around the world wound up behind bars, according to the FBI.

Alfin also served as a member of the Underwater Search and Evidence Recovery Team since May 2019. As a rescue diver, he completed seven underwater forensic searches.

Before the memorial began, a slideshow of photos played on a screen showing Alfin in his various roles: in scuba gear during training exercises; in a suit and tie; posing with friends at a restaurant; laughing and smiling with Special Agent George Piro and other agents. Another photo shown was him off work , posing with friends or family or colleagues at a restaurant.

Alfin’s colleagues at the FBI are suffering along with the agent’s family.

“He will forever be a hero and we will always honor his ultimate sacrifice,” said the program handed out at Sunday’s memorial. “Our sympathies are with his family and loved ones. We, the FBI family, share in their loss.”

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Susannah Bryan can be reached at sbryan@sunsentinel.com or on Twitter @Susannah_Bryan.

Austen Erblat can be reached at aerblat@sunsentinel.com or on Twitter @AustenErblat.