Several Police Scotland officers have paid their respects to a US Secret Service Agent who died during President Trump’s visit to Scotland last year.
Special Agent Nole Edward Remagen, a former US Marine with 19 years’ service in the Secret Service, became unwell and died, aged 42, while escorting the President at Turnberry in July 2018.
A memorial plaque was dedicated today (Wednesday 17 July 2019) by the Reverend Dr Georgie Baxendale (chaplain to the Scottish Police College, Tulliallan) at the Trump Turnberry Resort, and unveiled by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Ayrshire and Arran, Colonel John Dalrymple-Hamilton OBE TD DL.
A wreath was laid behalf of the Remagen family, who are marking the anniversary in the US, while Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins and Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf MSP laid wreaths on behalf of Police Scotland and the Scottish Government, respectively.
The event was organised by charity, the Police Roll of Honour Trust, and attended by a number of representatives of Police Scotland, as well as representatives from the US Secret Service, US Federal Officers Association, Scottish Police Federation, Association of Scottish Police Superintendents and other organisations.
Assistant Chief Constable Bernard 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.
"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."
Last year, trustees of the Police Roll of Honour Trust, including Chief Superintendent Thom McLaughlin, met with UK-based colleagues of Special Agent Remagen in Edinburgh to present them with a UK Police Roll of Honour commemorative scroll; one for Special Agent Remagen’s family and one for the US Secret Service.
The Police Roll of Honour Trust is a not-for-profit organisation, relying solely on donations, to sustain its commitment to honouring officers who have lost their lives both on and in the line of duty.
Chief Constable Iain Livingstone is a Patron of the charity, which holds remembrance events, maintains regular contact with the families of fallen officers and restores the graves of those officers remember in the Roll of Honour. It also creates memorials and plaques, like the one unveiled to Special Agent Remagen, to mark the sacrifice officers have made in service.