Special Agent Manuel De J Marrero-Otero

Special Agent Manuel De J Marrero-Otero

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

End of Watch Wednesday, December 31, 1986

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Manuel De J Marrero-Otero

Special Agent Manuel De J Marrero-Otero died in a fire at the Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in San Juan, Puerto Rico, while interviewing hotel employees as part of an investigation into a counterfeit money ring.

Three suspects plead guilty to arson and murder charges and were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 75 to 99 years.

The New Year's Eve fire claimed between 96 and 98 lives and caused 140 injuries in what is deemed the most catastrophic hotel fire in Puerto Rican history and was the second deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history at the time.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Fire
  • Location Puerto Rico

fire, investigation

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Manny. I knew you well. We worked together on a protective assignment in the U. S. Secret Service. Then I visited you and helped lend a hand at your home as you were preparing for your assignment in PR. You were always a dedicated agent. Excellent in all aspects of the job. You are a true Hero. RIP.

Dennis Lacey. Special Agent.
U. S. Secret Service. Special Agent

January 2, 2020

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