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  • Raymond C. Macomber (1907 - 1982)
    Raymond C. Macomber, 74, of 850 Arcade Ave., a former captain in the town's Ambulance Corp, died Wednesday at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the husband of the late Florence (Norberg) Macomber. Born in ...
  • Elvyn Elton Eastman (1877 - 1958)
    Elton was a security guard for several years. He received the Old Man's draft, WWII at age 62. His wife's death certificate read Mount Airy, Frederick, Maryland. Last known address for him was Baltimor...
  • Jerry William Hornak (1908 - 1955)
    Jerry W. Hornak Dies in Waco Funeral services for Jerry William Hornak, 47, who died in a Waco hospital Sunday, were held at West Church of the Assumption Tuesday, Rev. E.J. Polcak officiated. Burial ...
  • Brackenridge Caldwell Jordan (1859 - 1935)
    Death Certificate
  • John Wesley Ambrose (1848 - 1917)
    Bridge Guard Dies in River, Knocked Off Span by Engine J.W. Ambrose, Special Patrol, Steps Upon Track, Not Seeing Approaching Train Struck by an engine at the west end of the O-W. R & N (Steel) bridge...

Security Guard

A security guard (also known as a security inspector, security officer, or protective agent) is a person employed by a government or private party to protect the employing party's assets (property, people, equipment, money, etc.) from a variety of hazards (such as waste, damaged property, unsafe worker behavior, criminal activity such as theft, etc.) by enforcing preventative measures. Security guards do this by maintaining a high-visibility presence to deter illegal and inappropriate actions, looking (either directly, through patrols, or indirectly, by monitoring alarm systems or video surveillance cameras) for signs of crime or other hazards (such as a fire), taking action to minimize damage (such as warning and escorting trespassers off property), and reporting any incidents to their clients and emergency services (such as the police or paramedics), as appropriate.

Security officers are generally uniformed to represent their lawful authority to protect private property. Security guards are generally governed by legal regulations, which set out the requirements for eligibility (e.g., a criminal record check) and the permitted authorities of a security guard in a given jurisdiction. The authorities permitted to security guards vary by country and subnational jurisdiction. Security officers are hired by a range of organizations, including businesses, government departments and agencies and not-for-profit organizations (e.g., churches and charitable organizations).

Until the 1980s, the term watchman was more commonly applied to this function, a usage dating back to at least the Middle Ages in Europe where there was no form of law enforcement (other than it being a private matter). This term was carried over to North America where it was interchangeable with night-watchman (e.g., security guard) until both terms were replaced with the modern security-based titles. Security officers are sometimes regarded as fulfilling a private policing function.

Body Guard

A bodyguard (or close protection officer/operative) is a type of security guard, government law enforcement officer, or servicemember who protects a person or a group of people — usually high-ranking public officials or officers, wealthy people, and celebrities — from danger: generally theft, assault, kidnapping, assassination, harassment, loss of confidential information, threats, or other criminal offences. The personnel team that protects a VIP is often referred to as the VIP's security detail.

Most important public figures, such as heads of state, heads of government, and governors are protected by several bodyguards or by a team of bodyguards from a government agency, security forces, or police forces (e.g., in the United States, the Secret Service or the Diplomatic Security Service of the State Department). In most countries where the head of state is also their military leader, the leader's bodyguards have traditionally been royal guards, republican guards and other military units. Less-important public figures, or those with lower risk profiles, may be accompanied by a single bodyguard who doubles as a driver.

A number of high-profile celebrities and CEOs also use bodyguards. In some countries or regions (e.g., in Latin America), wealthy people may have a bodyguard when they travel. In some cases, the security personnel uses an armoured vehicle, which protects them and the VIP.