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Paralyzed Secret Service Agent to Join Boston Marathon to Give Back

Garrett FitzGerald and his wife Joan.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Secret Service agent who was paralyzed in a car crash while on duty in New Hampshire in 2015 will join the throngs of runners in the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Agent Garrett FitzGerald will be joined by his supervisor, Don McGrail, who is the assistant to the special agent in charge.

“We were struck head-on by a driver driving the opposite direction who was high on heroin,” FitzGerald told WMUR.com.

FitzGerald and McGail are running under the name, Team Fritz, in hopes of raising $20,000 for Journey Forward, where Fitzgerald spend four days a week for nearly three years in rehabilitation.

As of Monday morning, they have raised $11,662.

“What they do here is nothing short of a miracle,” FitzGerald said.

“Team Fitz is more than just a running club,” McGrail said. “We are there to support the Fitzgerald family, whether that’s a meal train or helping them move in and out of a home — whatever it is. There is a whole group of people there to support the family.”

FitzGerald never gave up, and seven months ago he became a father.

“It’s been wonderful being a dad,” he said. “It’s different. Certainly, nothing can prepare you for that change or the sleepless nights, but it’s good.”

Wild Hog Triggers 2-Car Crash That Killed Border Patrol Agent, 2 Others in Texas

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A wild hog triggered a two-car accident that killed a Border Patrol agent and two other people in Southwest Texas.

A Ford Expedition traveling late Monday on a rural road near Uvalde struck the hog, causing the vehicle to swerve into oncoming traffic and collide head-on with a Mercedes SUV, driven by a 27-year-old Border Patrol agent who was driving home at the end of a shift at the agency’s station in Uvalde, about 11o miles southwest of San Antonio, according to the Associated Press. 

The agent, Antonio Cordova, and the driver of the Expedition, 51-year-old Ruby Garza, were pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the Expedition, 51-year-old Julia Vasquez, died at the hospital.

Both cars erupted in flames.

Feral hogs are a big nuisance in Texas.

FBI Special Agent, Fire Marshal Killed While Waiting for Help on Highway

FBI Supervisory Special Agent Carlos Wolff.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent and state fire marshal were struck by a car and killed Friday while waiting for help on the shoulder of a highway in Maryland.

FBI Supervisory Special Agent Carlos Wolff, 36, of Gaithersburg, Md., had crashed his car on I-270 in Rockville and was waiting with Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Sander Cohen, 33, for help when they were struck by a car, NBC4 reports

Wolff, a graduate of American University, left behind a wife and two children.

“Our Carlos was an amazing father, husband, uncle and brother who made us all very proud,” according to a statement from the Wolff family. “He loved serving his country as a part of the FBI. He was always so helpful and giving, not just to his friends but strangers too. Our hearts are broken. We appreciate your prayers during this difficult time.”

Wolf was an 11-year veteran in the investigative division at FBI’s headquarters in Washington D.C.

Secret Service Agent Severely Injured in Car Crash Gets Married

Garrett FitzGerald tied the knot. Photo via GoFundMe.

Garrett FitzGerald tied the knot. Photo via GoFundMe.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Secret Service agent who was severely injured in a car crash in New Hampshire last month didn’t let his injuries stop him from getting married.

The New York Post reports that Garrett FitzGerald, who can’t stand on his own, because of a spinal cord injury, tied the knot Saturday at Massachusetts General Hospital.

FitzGerald, who was part of Hillary Clinton’s protective detail when the crash occurred, was one of four Secret Service agents involved in a car crash on Dec. 29 in Wakefield, New Hampshire.

A GoFundMe page also was created to help raise funds for FitzGerald.

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Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Killed, Another Injured in 2-Car Crash in Texas

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An off-duty Border Patrol agent was killed and another injured in a two-car accident Thursday morning near Laredo, Texas.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that the agents were driving near the Cotulla station at 1:40 a.m. when a car traveling the wrong way crashed into them.

The collision killed a six-year veteran of the agency. Another agent was taken to the hospital by helicopter, and his condition was unknown at the time.

Border Patrol didn’t release the identities of the agents.

FBI Agents Association Issues Statement about Ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh Who Was Seriously Injured in Car Crash

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Louis J. Freeh/adl photo

The FBI Agents Association President Reynaldo Tariche issued a statement about former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash Monday in Vermont.

“On behalf of our members – 12,000 active duty and retired FBI Agents – I want to wish former Director Freeh a speedy recovery. When Louis Freeh was FBI Director, our members knew that he was always there for us, and that he understood the challenges a Special Agent faces in their daily duties. We want Director Freeh to know that we are – and will continue to be – there for him during his recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”

CNN reported that the Vermont State Police said that Freeh was driving a GMC Yukon when it went off the road, struck a mailbox and ran over some bushes.

 

2 Secret Service Vehicles Hit and Kill Man in D.C. Area

suitland

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A man was killed Wednesday after being hit by two armored Secret Service vehicles on a freeway at the D.C.-Maryland border, the Washington Post reported.  One of the cars, a limo, is sometimes used by Vice President Biden.

The man, whose name had not been released as of Wednesday, was hit by a limousine and a Chevrolet Suburban in Prince George’s County at 2:27 a.m. as “he was crossing rain-slicked Suitland Parkway”, the Post reported.

The two vehicles had just arrived by military plane at Andrews Air Force Base and were headed to a storage facility in Washington, the Post reported. They were not carrying any protectees.

The U.S. Park Police will investigate the crash.

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Detroit FBI Agent Paul Sorce Killed in Car Crash

Agent Paul Sorce

Agent Paul Sorce

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Detroit FBI special agent Paul M. Sorce, an 18-year veteran of the bureau, was killed Monday in a car accident while on duty, the FBI  in Detroit said.

Sorce, 44, was taken to St. John’s Hospital in Detroit, where he passed away, the FBI said.

WXYZ tv in Detroit reported that the agent was driving a minivan that was hit by another car in Harper Woods, a  bordering surburb of Detroit.

Sorce joined the FBI in May 1991. He served in the Milwaukee field office before going to Detroit in 1995, the FBI said.