The Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs has expressed shock and sorrow over the passing of one of its veteran photographer James M. Garresen.

The unfortunate incident occurred Wednesday, November 18, at the ELWA hospital.

Before his retirement in February 2020, Mr. Garresen served the Ministry for more than five decades, working from the late President William Tolbert to President George Weah administration.

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Mr. Garresen

He first worked in the Special Security Service and then later in the Office of the Presidential Press Secretary.Β Mr. Garresen was also a member of the Liberian National Photographer Association.

During his days at the Ministry, he was a motivational staff and guardian to many younger personnel in the field of photography and VIP security.

He was a selfless, highly experienced and diligent co-worker to whom many looked for inspiration and direction a release is quoted as saying.

The Ministry extends its heartfelt condolences to the family of the fallen legendary presidential photographer and wishes them God’s comfort and protection during their difficult time of mourning.

The Executive Mansion Press Corps (EMPC) extends its deepest condolences to the family and office of the Presidential Press Secretary for the death of veteran photographer, James M. Garrisen.

An Executive Mansion Press Corps release Thursday quotes the leadership and entire membership of the organization as saying the late James M. Garrisen was a veteran who possessed a wealth of experience in the field of photojournalism.
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According to the organization, Mr. Garrisen will be remembered for always willing to assist independent reporters, especially photojournalists, assigned at the Executive Mansion when ever they had difficulties in their work.
EMPC expressed its deepest sympathy to the family and urged them to take solace in the Lord, the one who gives and takes.