Retired FBI special agent talks about 9/11 experience
A 25-year FBI agent was in Tiffin Wednesday talking about his role in the Pentagon clean-up and recovery after 9-11.
Mark MacKizer, founder of MacKizer Behavioral Analysis Consulting and retired FBI Special Agent, spoke at Tiffin University about his personal perspective during his time on-site at the Pentagon on Sept. 12, 2001.
“The events of Sept. 11, 2001 are disturbing and not many people talk about it,” MacKizer said.
MacKizer detailed the moment he got the call he was being deployed to the Pentagon. He was on a midnight shift covering a wire the night before Sept. 11. He was then immediately sent to work the scene at the Pentagon, recovering bodies of those who perished in the crash.
MacKizer and his team first cleared the scene outside of the building and once clearance was given, began working the building’s inside.
MacKizer said the team would work 12-hour shifts, with an hour in the building and two-hours out of the building. This went on for two weeks, he said.
During his talk MacKizer shared his personal experiences and those of others on his team.
All the events during this time were surreal to him, he said.
MacKizer was involved in numerous nationally significant cases, including the search for Centennial Olympic-Park bomber, Eric Rudolph; as a government witness at the trial of the Oklahoma City bombing; and conducting command post operations during the 2002 Washington, D.C. sniper attacks.
While during his time at the BAU, MacKizer provided behavioral analysis services in significant cases such as Jessica Ridgeway, boy in the bunker, Alexis Murphy and Jenise Wright.