Glenbard South grad killed in FBI training accident

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 11:24 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, May 23, 2013 6:17 p.m. CDT

GLEN ELLYN – A Glenbard South High School graduate working as an FBI special agent was killed in a training accident Friday, according to information on the FBI's website.

Christopher Lorek, 41, suffered fatal injuries when he fell a significant distance during a maritime counterterrorism exercise off the coast of Virginia Beach, according to FBI officials. Lorek, along with Special Agent Stephen Shaw, 40, were fast-roping from a helicopter onto a ship when the helicopter encountered difficulties.

Lorek graduated from Glenbard South in 1989, according to reports from the Chicago Tribune. He joined the FBI in 1996 in a professional support role and became an agent two years later, according to FBI officials. Lorek most recently served on the team that rescued a 5-year-old boy taken hostage in Alabama.

“Intelligent, thoughtful and always up for a challenge, with a ready smile on his face,” FBI Director Robert Mueller said of Lorek during a service Tuesday at the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial Chapel at Quanticoa.

Lorek is survived by his wife and two daughters, 11 and 8, according to FBI officials. His parents, William and Janet Lorek, live in Glen Ellyn, according to reports from the Associated Press.

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