CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In 1986, Jerry Dove told family members that being an FBI special agent made him the "luckiest man in the world."
Just a few days after saying those words, Dove was killed in a shootout with two bank robbery suspects in Miami, Fla.
On Thursday, FBI officials and staff gathered to dedicate the FBI's new Charleston Resident Agency in Dove's memory. Dove, a former Dunbar resident, went to West Virginia University and Marshall University and worked for the West Virginia State Police before joining the FBI.
A large stone sits outside the $13 million facility at 113 Virginia Street E. to memorialize Dove's sacrifice in the line of duty.
"The sacrifice he made to this country is the ultimate example of fidelity and loyalty," U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Thursday. "His heroism will never be forgotten."
Konrad Motyka, president of the FBI Agents Association, recounted Dove's life and the day of his death.
Dove had always wanted to be an agent and expressed the love of his career days before his death, Motyka said.
On April 11, 1986, Dove and Benjamin T. Grogan, 53, a 25-year veteran of the FBI, were killed in a gun battle with robbery suspects in a suburban Miami neighborhood. The two suspects also were killed, and five other agents were wounded during the 10-minute exchange of gunfire.
Goodwin said the FBI's local office has been housed in at least three locations in Kanawha County over the years. The new 17,500-square-foot facility meets the FBI's goal of having most of its services housed under the same roof, he said.
He commended Special Agent Joe Ciccarelli for his work overseeing the project "night and day."
Ciccarelli said it was an honor to dedicate the building to Dove.