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Masengale, Agent Johnny A.

End of Watch: 
Wednesday, May 6, 1992
County: 
Pierce
Agency: 
U.S. Bureau of A.T.F.

On Wednesday, May 6, 1992, Special Agent Johnny Masengale was killed on the Fort Lewis Army base in Washington State when a cache of over 6,000 confiscated illegal fireworks and 300 pounds of explosive chemicals suddenly exploded. The explosives had been confiscated from an illegal factory in Kitsap County the previous day.

The ATF honors the memory of Special Agent Masengale with the annual  “Johnny A. Masengale Memorial Award,” bestowed upon a law enforcement officer for their excellence in explosives work.

Agent Masengale had been with the agency for three years. He was survived by his wife and son.