Bismarck, ND (KEYZ) North Dakota native and former Secret Service agent Clint Hill will receive the state’s highest honor, the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, Governor Doug Burgum announced today. The 86 year old Hill, who hails from Larimore in eastern North Dakota, was the Secret Service agent who used his body to shield first lady Jacqueline Kennedy the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Hill, a member of the first lady’s detail on November 22, 1963, leaped onto the back of the presidential limousine to shield the Kennedys from any additional shots. Hill served in the Secret Service from 1958 to 1975 under five presidential administrations.
In his statement, Burgum expressed North Dakotans gratitude for Hill’s lifetime of service and noted that ” . . . his exemplary record of service at the highest level of national security continues to inspire pride and respect among North Dakotans.” Hill will be the 44th recipient of the award and joins such notables as bandleader Lawrence Welk, western author Louis L’Amour, singer and actress Peggy Lee, and former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher among others. Hill will receive the award during a future ceremony.