July 25, 2016 |
When he was in his 20s and teaching high school history at Bishop Kenrick in Norristown, Joseph Clancy decided to put on a suit, make his way into the city, and head to the Secret Service field office at Sixth and Arch Streets. Clancy, a Havertown kid, had wanted to be in the Secret Service since John F. Kennedy was killed, which he figured he could tell someone at the office. Even if there wasn't a job opening, Clancy - an Archbishop Carroll and Villanova graduate - thought maybe he could persuade someone to let him join.
July 8, 2016 |
Less than three weeks out from the Democratic National Convention, officials announced road closures, security perimeters and again addressed plans for dealing with protests. The security plan, confined mostly to South Philadelphia near the Wells Fargo Center, is more limited than the much larger papal visit's security footprint in the fall. Unlike the papal visit, all major highways in Philadelphia, including I-95, will remain open to passenger vehicles throughout the convention.
July 17, 2015 |
THE MULTITIERED granite steps from the concourse of the Municipal Services Building provide more than just an egress from SEPTA's underground rail line to the Center City streets above. The steps, or rather the cavernous space beneath them, offer refuge from the rain for Philadelphia's homeless. "This is the only dry place we can go in Center City," George Creamer said yesterday after yet another soaker left puddles near his cardboard sleeping mat. "Trust me, I'd rather sleep out underneath the stars, but on nights like tonight, when it's going to rain, there is going to be 20 people down here.
May 11, 2015 |
Pope Francis, on his first papal trip abroad, frazzled his security detail in Rio de Janeiro by pushing his open-air Popemobile so deep into the frenzy of adoring fans - some of whom were able to touch him - that the vehicle was stopped dead, completely surrounded by the swarm. Francis later apologized to Vatican and Brazilian security but when asked whether he worried for his safety, shook his head and smiled: "I'm not aware of being afraid. " When the most popular pope in recent history - who has a tendency to stray from security protocol - comes to Philadelphia for a two-day visit in September, the city will be on its highest alert.
November 2, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane is recuperating from a mild concussion after an early-morning car accident last week, her office said Friday. The accident occurred in a Scranton suburb while Kane was being driven by her security detail to "morning appointments," said spokeswoman Renee Martin. "She's on the mend," Martin said. Martin said the agent who was driving dropped his iPad on the floor of Kane's state-issued Chevrolet Tahoe, reached down to grab it, and accidentally hit a parked car on a residential street in Dunmore.
July 25, 2014 |
AS A PENNSYLVANIA state trooper, James Gillison probably had more than his share of drama. Some of the assignments he took on included the usual highway patrol, chasing down speeders, but also included working undercover, in hostage negotiation and as a member of the Special Emergency Response Team that was dispatched where violence raged or lives were in danger. He was at Camp Hill State Prison in May 1989, helping to regain control of the prison from inmates in a bloody, two-day riot that left 123 people injured.
July 18, 2013 |
WHEN ALEX Rodriguez comes to a minor league stadium, he gets star treatment - right down to his security detail. The Yankees third baseman is rehabbing with the Trenton Thunder, which is in the midst of a three-game Double A series against the Fightin Phils this week in Reading. On Monday, A-Rod belted a two-run homer to lead the Thunder to a 6-5 victory. Last night, he went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly as the Thunder fell, 6-3. On both nights, part of Rodriguez's five-person security team was former WWE wrestler Gene Snitsky.
December 12, 2012 |
TOM HANKS will help mentor aspiring screenwriter Gabriel Posey , a Melrose Park native who recently returned from serving in Afghanistan and who got hooked up with Hanks by ABC News' Bob Woodruff as part of his "Standing Up for Heroes" series. Posey, 32, who spent nine years in the Army, decided to enlist while studying English literature at Temple. Now that he's home, he told Woodruff, he wanted to pursue his passion of working in movies or television. Woodruff connected Posey, who achieved the rank of staff sergeant, with Hanks, whose acting/directing career has included a number of military projects such as "Saving Private Ryan," and "The Pacific," and surprised Posey with the news in a video clip aired online Monday on ABCNews.com.
October 24, 2012 |
A POLICE OFFICER assigned to the mayor's security detail was in a car accident Tuesday morning on Martin Luther King Drive. Officer Nicholas Campolongo - who was en route to collect Mayor Nutter at his Parkside home - was driving north and tried to turn onto Montgomery Drive when his vehicle collided with a southbound car about 7:30 a.m., according to the mayor's press office. Campolongo, 45, was taken to the hospital with cuts and bruises. He was listed in stable condition. The other driver also was sent to the hospital with minor injuries.