Agents of the United States Secret Service who are assigned presidential duties are in the top echelon of American law enforcement, which is why it’s devastating when one of those agents loses his or her life.
Over the weekend, Fox News reported on an unbelievably tragic situation involving the death of one of America’s finest. Keith Mills, a 50-year-old Secret Service officer who was assigned to protect former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, lost his life during a training incident at the Bush family compound in Maine.
The late agent’s brother confirmed his death. An autopsy has already been performed but the exact cause of death has still not been released to the public, though it was noted that his passing was considered a line-of-duty event.
According to the Portland Press Herald, Mills served nearly two decades in the Secret Service, having joined the elite law enforcement agency in 2002.
But Mills’ entry into the world of law enforcement is even more impressive, as he began as a corrections officer with the York County Sheriff’s Office at the young age of 18. He would later serve as a reserve officer before joining the Kennebunkport Police Department in 1992, where he rose to the rank of sergeant before leaving to serve within the ranks of the Secret Service.
He was assigned to protect both former Bush presidents and their families at the Walker’s Point Bush compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Mills was reportedly loved and respected for his line of work and dedication to the job. Former President George W. Bush released a heartfelt statement upon learning of Mills’ untimely death.
“Laura and I were saddened by the sudden loss of Keith Mills,” Bush said in a statement. “Keith was a dedicated public servant and exemplary member of the United States Secret Service. My family had the good fortune of knowing Keith well, and now our thoughts are with Keith’s family – particularly his children. We join them in mourning the loss of a kind, funny, patriotic man.”
Even more importantly, Mills will be remembered as an outstanding father to his two children, Evan Mills and Avery Mills, who were described as the center of his life.