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Secret Service Agent Who Shot Protecting Presidential Candidate George Wallace Died at 79

George Wallace

George Wallace

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former secret service agent who was shot protecting presidential candidate George Wallace in May 1972 has died.

Nicholas J. Zarvos was 79. He died Wednesday after a fight with leukemia, the Kansas City Star reports.

“That came as such a shock to all of us, because he had always been such a strong and able-bodied person,” said his wife, Rose Zarvos of Katy, Texas, near Houston.

Zarvos was assigned to Wallace when a gunman opened fire at a shopping in Laurel, Maryland, leaving the presidential candidate paralyzed from the waste down.

Zarvos was struck in the jaw and underwent more than seven hours of surgery before returning to work later that year.

Zarvos grew up in Kansas City, served two years in the Army and attended the University of Denver.

First Black Atty. Gen. and Gov. Wallace’s Daughter Celebrate Voting Rights March

George Wallace

George Wallace

If ever there was a symbolic meeting of two different worlds, this was it. This nation’s come a long way.

By PHILLIP RAWLS
Associated Press Writer
SELMA, Ala. – The nation’s first black attorney general and Gov. George C. Wallace’s daughter celebrated the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march Sunday – 44 years after state troopers from her father’s administration beat marchers as they started the landmark journey.

Peggy Wallace Kennedy introduced Attorney General Eric Holder at a historic Selma church filled to overflowing.

“It’s reconciliation and redemption,” Wallace’s daughter said.
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