- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 1, 2003

Two federal law-enforcement agencies steeped in covert activity will engage in a not-so-secret mission to raise money for charity this weekend.
The FBI hockey team will face off against the U.S. Secret Service hockey team Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Reston Skatequest.
The money raised will go to the Linda Franklin Memorial Education Fund and the Anna Van Sickle Fund.
Mrs. Franklin was the FBI analyst killed during the Washington sniper attacks. Anna is a cancer patient and the 3-month-old daughter of a St. Louis FBI agent.
"Guys in the law-enforcement community enjoy playing hockey competitively and using the games to raise money for good causes," said Chris Mayfield, an agent in the FBI's Washington field office.
Mrs. Franklin, 47, was the ninth person killed during the three-week-long sniper spree that left 10 dead and three injured in the Washington area.
She was shot once in the head Oct. 14 about 9:15 p.m. while she and her husband, William, were loading bags into their convertible in the parking lot outside a Home Depot store in Falls Church.
During her funeral a week later, Mrs. Franklin was remembered by friends and family as a sensitive and brave woman who had worked oversees as a teacher in Belgium, Germany, Guatemala and Japan before joining the FBI as an analyst.
Mourners at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church in Arlington told the story of when Mrs. Franklin survived a carjacking attempt while teaching in Guatemala. A man with a machete had jumped in her jeep in an attempt to steal it, but Mrs. Franklin refused to get out and survived by volunteering to drive the man where he wanted to go.
Mr. Mayfield said half the money raised at the hockey game Saturday will go to the memorial education fund, established in November to provide an education savings plan for Mrs. Franklin's grandson.
The other half will be donated to the family of Anna Van Sickle, who was recently diagnosed with HLH, an extremely rare immune-deficiency disease. The infant is scheduled for a bone-marrow transplant as soon as she completes chemotherapy treatments. Doctors are "guardedly optimistic" about her condition, Mr. Mayfield said.
He said the infant's family is facing more than $100,000 in "out of pocket" medical expenses.
Tickets for the game, which was organized and sponsored by the FBI Agents Association, are $5 a person at the door. Reston Skatequest executives have donated the 500-spectator rink for the event.
More than $10,000 was raised when the FBI hockey team played the New York City Fire Department hockey team Oct. 4 at the MCI Center in the District.
Mr. Mayfield said that the fire department handily defeated the FBI, but that it felt good playing because everyone involved knew the money was going to such September 11 charities as the Pentagon Memorial Fund and the New York Fire Department's Widows' and Children's Fund.
He also said anyone who wants to make a donation but cannot attend the game can call him at the FBI Washington Field Office at (202) 278-2252.


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