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FBI honors HHS grad who died in the line of duty

FBI agent Robin Ahrens

This year marks the 40th anniversary of women being admitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The late Robin Ahrens, HHS Class of 1970, was among those early women agents. She died in the line of duty in 1985.

FBI agents came to Hudson High School last week to honor Ahrens and to present a scholarship in her name to be awarded to a female senior who is pursuing a career in criminal justice. The $1,500 scholarship was made possible through donations by fellow FBI agents around the country.

After spending a few years as a teacher, Ahrens joined the FBI in 1984. On Oct. 5, 1985, she was in pursuit of a suspect wanted for armed robbery in Phoenix when she was mistaken as an accomplice of the suspect and was shot by fellow agents.

Ahrens is among the agents listed in the FBI's Hall of Honor and an FBI building in Arizona is named in her honor. She was also inducted into the Hudson High School Wall of Fame as a distinguished alumnus.

She was the daughter of the late Robert Ahrens Jr. and the late Marjorie Henkel Ahrens.

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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