Throughout the night, as many as 60 people overran the Benghazi compound through four phases of the attack and evacuation, he said.
This led up to roughly 3 a.m. on Sept. 12, when Hicks received what he calls "the saddest phone call I've ever had in my life." The Libyan prime minister informed him that Stevens had died.
"Our team responded with amazing discipline and courage in Tripoli, in organizing our withdrawal," he said. "I have vivid memories of that."
"I was in awe, I am still in awe of them," he said.