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Secret Service Agent Robert DeProspero, Fierce Protector of Presidents, Dies at 80

Robert DeProspero

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Robert DeProspero who became the Secret Service agent in charge of Reagan’s protection after the 1981 assassination attempt, died last Monday in Scottsdale, Arizona at age 80, the New York Times reports. He suffered from was amyloidosis, a rare disease in which an abnormal protein is deposited in tissues and organs.

After taking over the Reagan detail he added measures to shore up the president’s safety, the Times reports.

“There’s no question that if you made a wrong move or did not do what you were supposed to do, it would ruin your life, your family’s life, and would ruin anyone who was associated with you,” he told The Associated Press in 1985.

In a video message to agents in 1984, he said: “I don’t ever care about being criticized for overdoing as long as we consider security our first priority. We can’t afford to let up.”

In all, he protected five presidents.


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