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For Immediate Release

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September 24, 2014 Tom Genz, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of South Dakota (605) 330-4351
U.S. Marshals Celebrate 225 Years of Service
Nationís oldest federal law enforcement agency continues to build on its legendary origins and extraordinary reputation
 

Sioux Falls, SD - Today the U.S. Marshals Service celebrates its 225th anniversary. As the
nation's oldest, most versatile federal law enforcement agency, it continues to build on its legacy of
steadfast service and its unique position in the country's federal justice system.

Commemorating this significant occasion, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard proclaimed
Sept. 24 as United States Marshals Day in the state of South Dakota.

We are honored by the proclamation and we would like to thank Governor Daugaard and all
South Dakotans for their enormous support," said U.S. Marshal Paul Thielen of the District of South
Dakota.

The U.S. Marshals Service's legendary origins began in 1789 when the nation's first president
appointed the first U.S. Marshals.

"When President George Washington appointed the first 13 U.S. Marshals Sept. 24, 1789, his
pen marked the creation of an agency that has since played a role in virtually every facet of the
nation's federal judiciary during times of crisis and times of peace," said U.S. Marshals Service Director
Stacia Hylton.

"From upholding the law in our untamed western territories to enforcing orders related to civil
rights, the U.S. Marshals Service has been committed to answering the call of our great nation. As we
mark 225 years of service, our men and women stand ready to continue that commitment," Hylton
said.

Today, the U.S. Marshals Service is a force of 5,400 deputies and civil servants who carry out
operational and administrative duties as varied as apprehending fugitives, housing and transporting
prisoners, protecting witnesses and federal judges, and managing and selling seized assets.

Most notably, the Marshals Service is the federal government's primary agency for conducting
fugitive investigations. Working with its law enforcement partners at the federal, state, and local levels,
the Marshals apprehend more federal fugitives than all other federal law enforcement agencies
combined. The U.S. Marshals arrested more than 110,000 fugitives during fiscal year 2013.

"The agency's task forces, technology and investigative expertise have made the idea of
fugitives escaping justice nearly impossible," said Thielen. "Deputies in the District of South Dakota,
working with our federal, state and local task force partners, have closed nearly 1,000 felony warrants
in 2014."

"As we mark this significant milestone of 225 years, we take a moment to remember the more
than 200 Deputy U.S. Marshals who made the ultimate sacrifice and died in the line of duty, including
Edward Franklin Flanery, a Deputy U.S. Marshal in South Dakota who was killed on March 28, 1928.
We carry on in the memory of our fallen heroes," said Thielen.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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