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First Black Secret Service Special Agent Dies

Charles L. Gittens, the first African American to serve as a Secret Service agent, died late last month, the Associated Press reports. He was 82 years old. Gittens joined the service in 1956 and in 1971 was promoted to lead the Washington bureau, the second-most-important Secret Service office in the United States.

As the special agent in charge of field operations in the city, he was a key part of the personal security detail surrounding Gerald Ford…. Full article HERE


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