Special Agent Stephen Eric Sullivan

Special Agent Stephen Eric Sullivan

United States Department of State - Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, September 19, 2005

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Stephen Eric Sullivan

Special Agent Stephen Sullivan was killed as the result of a bomb explosion while conducting a protective assignment in Mosul, Iraq.

Agent Sullivan, along with several private security contractors, were riding in a convoy when a suicide car-bomber rammed their vehicle.

The explosion destroyed the vehicle, killing Agent Sullivan and three contract security personnel.

Agent Sullivan was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He had served with the Diplomatic Security Service for 3.5 years, and served as the Acting Regional Security Officer in Mosul. He is survived by his son, parents, and two sisters.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 3 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Bomb
  • Location Overseas
  • Weapon Explosives; Bomb
  • Offender Killed in explosion

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I knew Steve from high school. We were on the soccer team. I remember one night at the hockey rink some guys from another town were giving me a hard time. Steve stepped in between me an 3-4 of them and told them they would have to deal with him first. He was so confident and brave that none of them wanted any more trouble. I did not ask him to do this - he just did. I never forgot it. I was in Iraq serving on a protection detail with NCIS when I heard he was killed. I was surprised and sad about it. When I read about his life of service, to adolescents and protecting people I was so impressed, but I was not surprised at all. Next time I am in Westborough I will make it a point to visit your grave out of deep respect.

Lt. Commander Craig MacDonald
U.S. Navy

March 13, 2020

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