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By Chris Umpierre
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While other Southwest Florida sexagenarians were busy sleeping in hammocks, golfing or watching the sunset, Fort Myers’ Richard Crawford was climbing into mine-resistant military vehicles in the most dangerous part of the world.
At 61, the former Fort Myers DEA chief was talked out of retirement to serve as an embedded law enforcement professional in Iraq. After a tour advising the Marines on investigating roadside bombs, Crawford was recruited again in 2010. This time, the military shipped the 64-year-old to Afghanistan.