> March 18, 1993 > > UPI > > Clinton salutes slain former body guard > > Byline: By Thomas Ferraro > > Dateline: Washington > > President Clinton saluted the four federal lawmen killed in the Feb. 28 > shootout in Waco, Texas, Thursday, one of whom served as a body guard > for him during last year's campaign. > > ''My prayers, and I'm sure yours, are still with the families of all four > of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents,'' Clinton said in a speech > at the Treasury Department. > > ATF Agent Robert Williams, of Clinton's hometown of Little Rock, Ark. , > was among the lawmen slain in the gun battle with members of David > Koresh's cult. > > During the 1992 campaign, Williams was assigned to a Clinton ''jump > team'' that provided Clinton security on rotating 28-day shifts, said > ATF spokesman Jack Killorin. > > The three other ATF agents killed in Waco were Todd McKeehan and > Conway LeBleu, both of New Orleans, and Steve Willis of Houston. > > Killorin said four other ATF agents who served on Clinton ''jump > teams'' were among 16 agents wounded in Waco: Rolland Ballesteros and > John Risenhoover, both of Houston, and Steven Steele and Sam Cohen, both > of Dallas. > > Clinton mentioned the four slain agents by name during his speech at the > Treasury Department that primarily focused on plans to remedy the economy. > The president said that three of the four ''were assigned to my security > during the course of the primary or the general election.'' > > But Killorin said that only Williams had been a member of a ''jump team.'' > He said, however, virtually all ATF agents assisted with security when > Clinton visited their respective towns. > > ATF is part of the Treasury Department, as is the Secret Service, the > primary agency in charge of protecting presidents and candidates. During > campaign years, the ATF helps supplement Secret Service protection. > > Clinton said in his remarks: ''I think that we should all once again > honor the plaque on the fourth floor of this building that notes more than > 160 Treasury agents who have been killed in the line of duty in our > nation's history.'' > > ''From the Secret Service agents who protect our presidents...to the > Customs agents who wage war on drugs, to the agents of the Bureau of > Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.'' > > Clinton expressed special gratitude for the ATF agents who helped > evacuate New York's World Trade Center after the Feb. 26 bombing and who > helped find evidence that led to the first arrest.