This article was originally featured in Security Magazine

Looking back at his life, Fred Burton says his father instilled within him the very values he holds dear today, including a commitment to service and a wish to make a difference. “My dad gave me a better start in life than he ever had and instilled in me a sense of duty and service. He truly believed that you could make a difference. I’m not sure how much difference I have made in my career, but I’ve certainly tried,” he says.

Burton began his career in law enforcement for the U.S. Secret Service and later worked as a police officer in Montgomery County, Md. From 1985 to 1999, he was a special agent with the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) and was eventually promoted to the Deputy Chief of the DSS Counterterrorism and Protective Intelligence Division.

This article was originally featured in Security Magazine

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