The Secret Service is the elite agency tasked with the mission of presidential protection, but they couldn't succeed in that mission without the critical assistance of officers from local, state, and other federal agencies across the country. From providing motorcade escorts, traffic control, aerial support, and inaugural security, these officers step up to ensure nothing happens to the president in their towns.
And because of that fact, local, state, and federal officers are put in harms way. Eighteen law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty while assigned to presidential protection details or by offenders who planned to harm the president.
|Officer Leslie Coffelt|
|Officer Neal Ramsburg|
Incidents such as the Blair House attack and attempted hijacking are the exception, rather than the rule. The majority of officers who have fallen on presidential protective details have been killed in accidental situations: Motorcycle accidents, vehicle crashes, heart attacks, etc. And most weren't even Secret Service agents or officers. Of the 18 LEOs who have been killed, only six served with the Secret Service or White House Police Force.
We salute all the brave men and women who sacrifice so much to ensure our nation's presidents are always safe. We especially honor these 18 men who gave their lives doing so:
|Operative William Craig||United States Department of the Treasury - Secret Service, US||1902-09-03|
|City Marshal R. S. St. Clair||Malden Police Department, MO||1917-12-21|
|Captain Edward J. Masterson||Marion City Police Department, OH||1922-07-04|
|Officer Edward Baerwald||Wausau Police Department, WI||1928-08-15|
|Inspector Phillip C. Via||Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles - Enforcement Division, VA||1929-01-11|
|Operative James A. Hollinger||United States Department of the Treasury - Secret Service, US||1936-07-26|
|Operative August Adolph (Gus) Gennerich||United States Department of the Treasury - Secret Service, US||1936-12-01|
|Officer Leslie William Coffelt||White House Police Force, US||1950-11-01|
|Special Agent Thomas B. Shipman||United States Department of the Treasury - Secret Service, US||1963-10-14|
|Officer J. D. Tippit||Dallas Police Department, TX||1963-11-22|
|Special Agent J. Clifford Dietrich||United States Department of the Treasury - Secret Service, US||1973-05-26|
|Officer George Neal Ramsburg||Maryland Aviation Administration Police Department, MD||1974-02-22|
|Criminal Investigator Manuel Zurita VII||United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service - Office of Investigations, US||1998-01-06|
|Detective John Michael Gibson||United States Capitol Police, US||1998-07-24|
|Officer Jacob Joseph Chestnut||United States Capitol Police, US||1998-07-24|
|Officer Steve Bastidas Favela||Honolulu Police Department, HI||2006-11-26|
|Officer Germaine Casey||Rio Rancho Police Department, NM||2007-08-27|
|Senior Corporal Victor Antonio Lozada Sr.||Dallas Police Department, TX||2008-02-22|