- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 5, 2006

James “Jimmy” Yarosh, the deputy special agent in charge for the U.S. Secret Service Dignitary Protective Division, died Aug. 4 of heart failure in Roaring Gap, N.C. He was 48.

Born in Kingston, Pa., Mr. Yarosh attended Mansfield State College, where he played football, from 1976 to 1978. He later graduated from American University in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in justice.

Mr. Yarosh’s 25-year career with the Secret Service included assignments in Chicago, Los Angeles and the District.

He was responsible for the coordination of security planning for numerous special events, including the 60th anniversary of the U.N. General Assembly, the 2004 Group of Eight summit in Georgia, and the Democratic and Republican national conventions in 2004.

He routinely coordinated protection for foreign dignitaries visiting the United States.

Mr. Yarosh also served as a uniformed division officer at the White House and as a special agent on President Reagan’s security detail.

He was well-known throughout the law-enforcement and D.C. communities for his strength, quick wit and dedication to public service.

An avid sports fan, Mr. Yarosh participated in personal fitness through weightlifting and softball tournaments. He received a gold medal for a 490-pound bench press at the 1992 Police Olympics in San Diego and was a member of the U.S. Secret Service’s nationally ranked softball team.

He sponsored and participated in numerous community charity events and was a loyal fan of the Chicago Bears and Cubs.

Mr. Yarosh is survived by his wife, Juliana Nihlean Yarosh of Chicago; his mother, Ruth Martin of Bunker Hill, W.Va.; a brother, Samuel Yarosh of Tampa, Fla.; and a sister, Sylvia Kerby of Bunker Hill.

Memorial donations can be made to the Mansfield University Foundation/Football Scholarships, Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA 16933.

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