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FBI hero Mireles visits CID Region IV training academy
In October, the TDCJ Correctional Institutions Division’s Region IV training academy in Beeville enjoyed the privilege of hosting a visit by its namesake, Edmundo “Ed” Mireles. The Mireles Academy is named in honor of the courage and commitment to duty demonstrated during the 1986 Federal Bureau of Investigation Miami shootout when Mireles, then a Special Agent with the FBI, killed two suspected bank robbers despite having sustained serious wounds.
In recognition of his heroism, Mireles was elected Police Officer of the Year by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and honored with the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Heroism. In 1990, Mireles was the first to be awarded the FBI’s Medal of Valor.
The Region IV training facility is one of six TDCJ academies where correctional officers and non-uniformed staff receive core training while acquiring the knowledge, understanding and professional skills needed to succeed in their challenging work environment. During his visit Mireles was escorted by CID staff, to include Eric Guerrero, director of Correctional Training and Staff Development, Region IV Director Miguel Martinez and Assistant Regional Director Juan Nunez.
After a gift presentation, Mireles spoke to both in-service and pre-service classes and explained to each how personal bravery and institutional leadership provided critical support during the Miami incident. Mireles answered questions about his law enforcement career, discussed the academy’s training program and granted every request to pose for photos, including a class portrait.
Born in Alice and raised in Beeville, Mireles served four years with the United States Marines Corps before joining the FBI. He is currently retired after a 25-year career in federal law enforcement.