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Press Statement by James B. Foley, Deputy Spokesman
January 26, 1999

Death of Diplomatic Security
Special Agent Brad Smith

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Diplomatic Security Special Agent Brad Smith. He passed away on January 25 after an eight-year battle with amytrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Since 1991, Special Agent Smith, 45, had been the manager of the Department's successful Counter-Terrroism Rewards, or Heroes, Program. On behalf of the Department, I extend our sincere condolences to his wife Jeanie and the entire Smith family.

Brad was instrumental in the development of the Heroes Program. He devised publicity campaigns to advertise reward offers around the world, including the creation of the immensely popular matchbooks, which featured the photos of terrorists wanted under the program. Brad also developed the Heroes internet site (www.heroes.net), which receives over 100,000 hits a month.

Despite his fight against ALS, Brad diligently continued his efforts on the program. For the last four years, he worked on the internet site nine hours a day, almost every day, from his home in Northern Virginia.

Thousands of innocent lives have been saved in part because of Brad's work on the Heroes Program. During his 12-year career with the Diplomatic Security Service, Brad Smith played a significant role in the fight against international terrorism. He is a true American hero, and we will miss him very much.

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