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Operative August Adolph United States Department of the Treasury - United States Secret Service, U.S. Government


August Adolph "Gus" Gennerich

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Secret Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 1, 1936

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 28 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Heart attack

Location: Overseas

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Operative Gus Gennerich suffered a fatal heart attack while on a presidential security detail to Buenos Aires, Argentina. He had completed his day's protective assignment, which involved guarding President Franklin D. Roosevelt interacting with large crowds, and was eating dinner with other operatives when he collapsed and died.

Operative Gennerich had served with the Secret Service as President Roosevelt's personal bodyguard for three years. Prior to that, he had served as President Roosevelt's bodyguard as a member of the New York City Police Department when President Roosevelt was governor of New York state. Operative Gennerich had served with the New York City Police Department for 25 years before joining the Secret Service. He was survived by his nephew.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 75th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your nation remembers you with pride.
Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05
December 1, 2011


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