A Secret Service Agent Protecting Donald Trump Has Died. This Is How Many Other Secret Service Agents Have Died in the Line of Duty.
A U.S. Secret Service agent who was part of Donald Trump’s security detail has died. Special Agent Nole Edward Remagen, a 19-year agency veteran, passed away early on Tuesday, June 17, in Scotland after suffering a stroke, the Secret Service said.
Remagen was working the midnight shift protecting national security adviser John Bolton when colleagues found him unresponsive, CNN reported. He was transported to Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, where he later died. Remagen is survived by his wife and two young children.
“Our hearts are filled with sadness over the loss of a beloved and devoted Special Agent, husband, and father. Our prayers are with Special Agent Remagen’s loved ones, including his wife and two young children,” said President Donald Trump in a statement.
Other Secret Service agents who have died in the line of duty
Remagen’s death marks the first time a Secret Service agent has died while on the job since 2005, when Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge Christopher J. Smith passed away following a heart attack.
Since 1902, 37 agents have died in the line of duty. Their names are listed on the Secret Service’s Wall of Honor. Fallen Secret Service agents include Operative William Craig, who died in a collision between a streetcar and President Theodore Roosevelt’s carriage in 1902, and Physical Security Specialist Aldo E. Frascoia, who died in 1996 when a presidential cargo plane crashed near Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Several incidents have caused the death of multiple Secret Service agents. On March 5, 1983, three agents died in a car accident on the way to Yosemite National Park, where they were to provide protection for Queen Elizabeth II. Six Secret Service employees died in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.
The only agent who died during an assassination attempt
While dozens of Secret Service agents have died while on duty, only one has lost his life while defending the president from an attack. On November 1, 1950, Officer Leslie Coffelt, a member of the White House Police force, died following an assassination attempt on President Harry Truman. Two Puerto Rican nationalists carried out the attack, one of whom Coffelt killed, even though he was seriously wounded. Two other White House policemen were injured. Truman was unharmed.
In 1981, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy was injured when John Hinckley Jr. attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan. He recovered from his injuries.
In 1975, Larry Buendorf was protecting Gerald Ford when Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, a member of the Manson Family, pointed a gun at the president. Buendorf grabbed the weapon and wrestled Fromme to ground. No one was injured during the assassination attempt.
What the Secret Service does
Most people know that members of the Secret Service protect the president of the United States. But that’s not all they do. In addition to keeping the Commander in Chief safe, the Secret Service protects the vice president, former presidents, major presidential candidates, and their families. They also provide protection for visiting foreign leaders, as well as overseeing security at high-profile events like the Super Bowl or national political conventions.
In addition to protecting and investigating threats against the president and other political figures, the Secret Service investigates financial crimes, such as counterfeiting of currency, forgery or theft of Treasury bonds, and various crimes affecting financial institutions.
The Secret Service, which was founded in 1865, is actually one of the oldest federal law enforcement agencies in the country. Initially, its sole focus was on putting a stop to the counterfeiting of U.S. currency, and it was part of the U.S. Treasury Department. It wasn’t until 1901, after the assassination of President McKinley, that the Secret Service added presidential protection to its mission. Today, it is a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
How many people work for the Secret Service?
Nearly 7,000 people work for the Secret Service. About 3,200 are special agents. There are also 1,300 uniformed division officers, and more than 2,000 support personnel. The agency is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has more than 150 offices in the U.S. and abroad.
How can I get a job with the Secret Service?
You can find out about job opportunities with the Secret Service on the agency’s website. But don’t expect getting a job to be easy.
Every job with the Secret Service requires a full background investigation that can take six to nine months to complete. Expect everything from your employment history to your credit history and school transcripts to be verified. Some jobs require you to take a polygraph test. And anyone hired by the agency also needs to be able to get a Top Secret clearance.