22 Jul 22nd July 2019
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 organised the memorial event, which was attended by colleagues of the fallen agent, as well as senior officials from Police Scotland and the Scottish Government.
A memorial plaque was also unveiled in the entrance to the hotel and several floral wreaths were laid at the fountain outside.
Speaking on behalf of Mr Remagen’s family, 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 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.”
Grant McDowall, secretary of the east area committee with the Scottish Police Federation, said: “We are delighted to see the upgraded shower and changing facilities at Stirling Police Station.
“It is heartening to see that the concerns we previously raised with the force have been taken on board and that work has been undertaken to address them.
“Having access to suitable shower facilities is an important part of officer well-being and go a long way to making a sometimes difficult job that little bit more comfortable.”
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