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Tribute to OIG Special Agent William “Buddy” Sentner

         In Memory of OIG Special Agent William Buddy Sentner Killed in the Line of Duty, June 21, 2006.

photo of Sentner

William “Buddy” Sentner
May 29, 1962 – June 21, 2006


On October 22, 2008, President Bush honored Buddy Sentner by posthumously awarding him the Medal of Valor, the highest national award for a public safety officer. Buddy’s widow, Maria, and his parents accepted the award from the President in the Oval Office of the White House. Later that day, Attorney General Mukasey honored Buddy and other award recipients during a special ceremony in his office.

DOJ Press Release on Medal of Valor Recipients

Eulogy delivered by Glenn A. Fine, Inspector General, June 24, 2006

Eulogy delivered by Jeanne Van Lancker, OIG Special Agent, Denver Field Office

Eulogy delivered by Ronald J. Green, former Special Agent, U.S. Secret Service

Statement of Glenn A. Fine, Inspector General, Department of Justice, on the death of Special Agent William “Buddy” Sentner, June 21, 2006

Photo from White House Medal of Valor Presentation

U.S. President George W. Bush (4th L) and U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey (R) pose with the 2006 and 2007 recipients of the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, October 22, 2008. From L-R are: Opa-Locka, Florida police officer Miguel Galvez, Miami police officer Raymond Robertson; Mobile, Alabama police officer Carlos Thompson, Bush; Maria Sentner, widow of U.S. Department of Justice OIG Special Agent William Sentner III of Miami, Florida, Chesterfield, Virginia firefighter Brian Rothell, Glendale, Arizona police officer David Goitia and Mukasey.

Funeral arrangements and donation information

Letter from President Bush   [Original PDF]

Memorandum from the Attorney General   [Original PDF]   [HTML version]

U. S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Letter   [Original PDF]

Expression of Gratitude from Maria Aguilar Sentner

Photos of Special Agent William “Buddy” Sentner with Family and Friends

Photos from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, June 2009

Photos from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, June 2013


Updated: June 2013

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In memory of OIG Special Agent William "Buddy" Sentner