Edward Bennett Saltzman 2007
Edward Bennett Saltzman, 69, a former D.C. police officer who
routinely escorted the motorcades for six presidents, died of congestive
heart failure Jan. 6 at Future Care Chesapeake assisted living center in
Mr. Saltzman joined the D.C. police force in 1961 and spent most of his
service in the special operations division, where he became a sergeant.
For all special presidential events from the Kennedy through the Reagan
administrations, Mr. Saltzman drove with the call letters Motor One. He
also participated in hundreds of special events in which he met many
foreign dignitaries, including Anwar Sadat and Pope Paul VI, and
He retired in 1984 and went to work for Admiral Limousine Service,
again driving famous personalities, including Jimmy Stewart, Roy Clark
and Victoria Principal.
Mr. Saltzman was born in Frederick and moved to Washington as a
child. He graduated from Anacostia High School (56), and joined
the Marine Corps Reserve, serving six months on active duty and six
years in the reserve.
He was a master of the East Gate Lodge of the Masons in Washington
and a member of the Moose Lodge. He had worked as the administrator
of Moose Lodge 126 for the past eight years.
His marriages to Sonya Pappas and Pat Vitko ended in divorce. His third
wife, Elaine Sawyer Saltzman, died in 2005.
Survivors include a daughter from his first marriage, Debbie
DeChambeau of Gaithersburg; two children from his second marriage,
Edward A. Saltzman of Woodbridge and Cindy Neff of Alexandria; two
stepchildren from his third marriage, Sheri Talbott of Boston and Shelli
Cusick of Harrisonburg, Va.; seven siblings, Robert Saltzman of
Annapolis, Terry Laws of Edgewater, Wanda Eyler of Westminster and
Debbie Warfield, Nancy Saltzman, Rodney Saltzman and Kathy
Brandon, all of Frederick; and seven grandchildren.