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Protecting Bush family stays with former Secret Service agent

Posted December 1, 2018 5:38 p.m. EST
Updated December 1, 2018 7:22 p.m. EST

— The walls of Denny Schlindwein’s Clayton home tell a fascinating story, decorated with photos of his 25 years with the Secret Service.

While he was an agent, some of the most powerful people in the world trusted him with their lives.

During the Gulf War, he worked to protect members of the Bush family.

In George W Bush’s 2000 run for president, he worked with Laura Bush.

“They are exactly like you think they are,” Schlindwein said.

“You don’t say much” as a Secret Service member, he added. “You don’t initiate the conversation, ever.”

Schlindwein remembers a moment, on a visit to the Bush ranch in Texas. He said George H.W. Bush noticed him in the group.

Although it was painful for the former president to move at the time, he walked over.

“He said, ‘I feel a lot better that you are here helping the family out,’” Schlindwein said. “He said, ‘It is going to be OK; you guys are in good hands. Old-timer has it under control.’ He shook my hand, and he hobbled back.”

That moment stayed with him Saturday.

When Schlindwein heard the former president died, he went immediately to his wall of memories.

“I will be sad all day about that,” he said.

George H.W. Bush stands out for one incredible reason, Schlindwein said.

Secret Service agents share stories about the job, about the people they work with.

“I never met an agent in 25 years, ever, ever, that had anything bad to say about him,” Schlindwein said.