Stephen Eric Sullivan

Special Agent
Year of Death: 2005

Stephen Eric Sullivan, Diplomatic Security (DS) Special Agent, was killed on September 19, 2005, in Mosul, Iraq, in a terrorist attack on a motorcade. In a ceremony in his honor on January 19, 2006, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice awarded the Thomas Jefferson Star for Foreign Service posthumously to him, which was accepted on his behalf by his parents, Diane and Robert Sullivan.

During the ceremony, Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security Richard Griffin observed, “He was the kind of agent his DS colleagues wanted on their team. In a law enforcement organization full of agents who are tough and courageous, Stephen showed an exceptional level of dedication.”

From Westborough, Massachusetts, Stephen Sullivan joined the Bureau of Diplomatic Security as a Special Agent in 2002 and served in the Miami Field Office, in Afghanistan, and in Iraq. He began an assignment as Assistant Regional Security Officer in Baghdad in August 2005. His hometown is Newtonville, Massachusetts.

“He was the kind of agent his DS colleagues wanted on their team … Stephen showed an exceptional level of dedication.” — Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security Richard Griffin

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U.S. Department of State

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