Secret Service agent down: We lost another brother


A memorial service for an American Secret Service Special Agent who tragically died whilst on duty in Scotland has been held on the one-year anniversary of his death. 

Nole Edward Remagen suffered a fatal stroke on July 15 last year whilst on protection detail during President Donald Trump’s visit to the Turnberry golf resort in Ayrshire. 

The 42-year-old former US Marine was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow but passed away two days later with his family by his side. 

The Police Roll of Honour Trust, a charity who organise memorial events for fallen officers, staged the event on Wednesday. 

Representatives from the Secret Service and the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association travelled to Scotland to honour special agent Remagen. 

A memorial plaque was unveiled in the entrance to the hotel and several floral wreaths were laid at the fountain outside.  

Nole Edward Remagen
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Speaking on behalf of Mr Remagen’s family at the event, Special Agent Tony Omato of the US Secret Service Presidential Protective Division, said:

“Last July here in Turnberry, Nole was working the midnight protective shift, when he succumbed to a cerebral edema. The support and expedient response provided to Nole by Police Scotland cannot be understated. “

“The reverence and respect that was bestowed upon Nole and his family by Police Scotland and Trump Turnberry personnel during these trying moments was truly remarkable and did not go unnoticed by anyone who bore witness to this tragic event. Nole truly died as he lived – surrounded by friends and in the service of the country that he loved. ”


Nole Edward Remagen
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“Nole left behind his loving wife Tara, his son Evan and daughter Kate. Nole’s love for his family was endless and always something that he had cherished. Even while here in Turnberry, he purchased stuffed animals for his children. These gifts accompanied him and his family home to his final resting place.”

“Nole represented the best of what we hope our children will aspire to become. A loving husband, strong father and model citizen.”

Mr Ornato added:  “I’d like to convey my heartfelt appreciation for the respect that was afforded to Nole and his family. You have honoured one of our own as if he was one of yours. We will carry the memory of that tragic day with us forever. 

“The response by our Scottish brothers and sisters provided the utmost dignity and respect that bears witness to the true bonds of humanity.” 


Nole Edward Remagen
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Humza Yousaf, Cabinet Secretary for Justice with the Scottish Government, said: “I’ve attended memorials in the past and what strikes me is that when we talk about the police family, often it’s the Scottish or UK police family. Today was a great reminder of how the police family crosses international boundaries. “

“It was a very poignant service but also a very uplifting one to remind us that regardless of the nationality, some of our police officers worldwide will unfortunately pay the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe. That is something we must always honour and something that we must never forget.”

Assistant Chief Constable Bernie Higgins said: “On behalf of Police Scotland it was a privilege to be able to pay tribute to special agent Nole Remagen a year on from his death, and entirely appropriate that his service has been recorded on the Police Roll of Honour in the UK.”

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“A number of our officers were involved in assisting special agent Remagen’s relatives who travelled from America, as well as his Secret Service colleagues, and I know they were deeply saddened by his death. Our thoughts remain with special agent Remagen’s family, friends and colleagues.”

Sid McKay, chairman of the Police Roll of Honour Trust, said: “As an organisation, we are proud to maintain the official Police Roll of Honour for the entire United Kingdom, which contains both historical and contemporaneous records of all those police officers who have lost their lives both on and in the line of duty.”

Last year, we made the decision to include special agent Remagen as an honorary inclusion in the UK Police Roll of Honour; as aside from nationality he meets all of the criteria. We are very grateful to all who helped make the memorial service to agent Remagen possible.”

Agent Remagen, who was born in Maryland, was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who had served with the United States Secret Service for 19 years and was assigned to the Presidential Protection Division.

In a statement issued at the time, President Donald Trump paid tribute to Mr Remagen, who he described as a “beloved and devoted Special Agent, husband and father”. 

In the meantime, we lost a brother in a deadly shooting in Arkansas this week.

State Police say one person was wounded and two people, including a Stone County sheriff’s deputy, were killed Thursday.

It happened around 9:30 a.m.  in the southwest part of the county – close to the Van Buren County line.

Special agents with ASP’s Criminal Investigation Division are currently investigating.

Here’s what we know so far.  ASP Public Information Specialist Bill Sadler said there was a call around 8 a.m. at a residence on Flag Road, which is about 17 miles southwest of Mountain View.

The call, which was a domestic check, was responded to by Deputy Mike Stephen took the call.

Deputy Stephen arrived at 8:39 a.m. – that’s when he encountered a female.  Shortly after, gunfire broke out and Deputy Stephen was killed at the scene.

The suspect was also killed.  A third person, who was said to have been talking to Deputy Stephen, was injured.

Deputy Stephen’s body has been sent along with forensic evidence to the Arkansas State Crime Lab.

Chief Deputy Zach Alexander shared thoughts about Deputy Stephen, who was a 20-year law enforcement veteran and U.S. Army veteran.

The 56-year-old veteran was a patrol sergeant who served his community well, and according to the chief was willing to help people.

His service didn’t end there.  Deputy Stephen was also the fire chief of the Pineville Fire Service.  The chief said the department will miss Stephen’s leadership.

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In the meantime, there was absolute chaos in Alabama on Wednesday, with three officer-involved shootings in less than five hours.

The latest was in Gardendale, where a man was shot and wounded.

That incident started just after 11 p.m. at the rear entrance to First Baptist Church.

According to ALEA State Bureau of Investigation Lt. Jon Riley, a Gardendale officer was called to the church parking lot to investigate a report of a suspicious vehicle.

When he got there, he found four people standing outside of the vehicle.  One of them was armed with a gun.

That man, according to police, jumped into a vehicle and then tried to run over the officer – who opened fire at the vehicle.

That suspect crashed a short distance away on Mt. Olive Road at Mountain Crest Parkway.

The suspect was found injured and rushed to UAB Hospital’s Trauma Center.

We don’t know how badly he was injured – but the officer was not hurt.  It does appear he was shot by the officer.

In the meantime, the other three people that were standing outside the vehicle with the suspect are being questioned by agents.

None of them were in the vehicle with the suspect when he fled.

The SBI is leading the investigation into the officer-involved shooting, but Gardendale police will be handling any charges against the suspects involved.

That shooting happened less than five hours after a dramatic shootout between Birmingham police and a robbery suspect in downtown Birmingham.

It started around 6:30 p.m. in downtown Birmingham Wednesday evening, and left an officer severely injured and a man suspected of robbing a downtown supermarket dead.

North Precinct officers were dispatched to a robbery in progress at the Family Supermarket, which is a family grocery store on 23rd Street North.

According to Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith, when police arrived they saw the suspect leaving the store and tried to stop him.

He then pulled out a handgun and opened fire, shooting Officer Cullen Stafford multiple times.

Smith says Stafford was rushed to a hospital by fellow officers, who were also met with gunfire upon arrival.

The shootout took place over at least five city blocks in a number of different locations, finally ending when police killed the suspect.

Stafford was hospitalized and was out of surgery by 10 p.m. – which was just two hours before his 36th birthday.

According to Sgt. Johnny Williams, the surgery went well – but Stafford will need several more surgeries.

The police chief says a second officer was also hurt in a fall, but is expected to be just fine.

Officer Cullen Stafford in 2017
Officer Cullen Stafford in 2017

According to, Stafford and another officer were seriously injured in June 2017 when fleeing homicide suspects crashed into their patrol cruiser.

The suspect, whose name has not yet been released, continued to fire at police and ultimately was killed in their return fire.

“It’s very difficult for everyone, but this is a very tough job,’’ Smith said.  “We have officers who are here who we’ve provided a lot of training to, a lot of support. We’re going to continue support them throughout this process, just like we did throughout the time we lost Sgt. Carter.”


He said thanks to training, the officers involved were able to keep things from being much worse.

“The Birmingham Police Department is out here working for you,’’ the chief said. “We’re going to do everything we can to make this city safe. Our officers are dedicated, and you can see just in the sheer actions that we’re not taking this for granted. Birmingham is going to be a much better place in the future.”

He also had a message for criminals:

“Our officers our out here to do a job and we’re going to take care of the problems and circumstances we encounter.”


And in yet another incident on Wednesday night, a Birmingham police officer had to open fire after witnessing a gun battle while on patrol.


The officer was on patrol near the Southtown Court public housing community on the 2300 block of 9th Avenue South around 10 p.m.

That’s when he saw two groups shooting at each, according to Birmingham police spokesman Sgt. Johnny Williams.

“He did return fire into the gun battle, but it’s unclear whether he struck someone,” Williams said.

The spokesman added that the state Bureau of Investigation has been called to assist in the case. That happens whenever an officer fires their weapon.

Williams said one person was hit during the shooting.

“We’re not sure who struck that person or if they were already injured. We believe they were already injured when the officer arrived on the scene,” Williams said.

He added that the person was removed from the scene before the officer arrived and taken to a hospital in a private vehicle.




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