BISMARCK - North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum will present former U.S. Secret Service agent Clint Hill with the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider award next month in his hometown of Washburn, the governor's office said Monday, Oct. 22.

Hill will receive the state's highest commendation for its citizens during a public ceremony at 1 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. Burgum announced plans to honor Hill earlier this month.

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Hill is best known for scrambling on top of the presidential limousine to shield its occupants from a gunman who assassinated President John F. Kennedy in 1963. He was assigned to first lady Jackie Kennedy's detail when her husband took office.

A graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Hill applied for the Secret Service after his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army and served through five administrations, starting with President Dwight Eisenhower and ending with President Gerald Ford, according to Burgum's office. He has co-authored three books about his time in the Secret Service.