From His Front Page Web Site:
"People sleep peacefully in their beds only because rough men
stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
Editor's Notes: We currently live in an age of international terrorism and kidnapping. It's quite a dangerous world! There are a select few top professionals who are helping to solve many of the problems the world faces today. Many people aspire but few people obtain the international world-wide reputation of true professionals such as Ty Ritter. Ty is an internationally known expert on child abduction recovery.
He is a soft spoken man with impeccable manners who sports a diamond earring in his left earlobe. He is also a man who, since he was a teen, has been obsessed with fighting injustice. Unlike most of us, he has backed up his words with action.
Ty was born December 16 in Burbank, California. He is the youngest of three boys. His father was a rancher, as well as a camera technician and electrician who worked for most of the motion picture studios, but primarily for RKO and Republic. His mother was a nurse who became a housewife.
Ty grew up in the San Fernando Valley. He went to high school at San Fernando High, James Monroe and Notre Dame. He played football at all three schools, usually left halfback. He was also a swimmer, specializing in the freestyle and breast stroke.
At the end of his Junior year, Ty's father died and he dropped out of school to help support his mom. He worked for the International Yamaha Factory motorcycle team and Bud Ekins, a famous stuntman.
His mom helped him lie about his age so he could join the Marine Corps at seventeen. He went through basic training at the MCRD, San Diego and got his GED while in the Marines.
Ty was a junior Drill Instructor for a short time before he was assigned to the 1st FSR (1st Force Service Regiment) and sent to Vietnam.
In Vietnam, Ty bodyguarded dignitaries, couriers and high ranking officers. He says he "didn't see much action", but when his thirty-three man unit was overrun by the enemy, and he was bayonetted in the stomach, he was one of only three survivors.
Ty returned to civilian life and worked for a Las Vegas Syndicate boss who owned a major casino. The boss arranged for Ty to have extensive additional bodyguard training from top bodyguarding experts and hired Ty to bodyguard him and his family for over four years.
Ty also did flat track motorcycle racing at Ascot and worked on and off with Bud Ekins. With the help of Steve McQueen (a regular at Ekins' motorcycle shop), Ty started getting involved in stunt work. He helped open up the Wild West Stunt Show at Universal Studios.
Ty started his own bodyguarding business specializing in high risk bodyguarding cases where clients had been subjected to death threats and attempted assassinations. Ty's bodyguarding work has taken him all over the world, from Israel and Europe to Asia and South America.Ty's company also contracted out to the United States Government for numerous special operations in Israel, Spain, Africa, etc.
In time, Ty opened a successful bodyguarding school in Orange County, California and provided extensive training to students from all over the world. He has also trained police departments, Federal Agents (Secret Service) and even bodyguards for the Olympics.
One day a family asked Ty to help them find their little girl, who had been kidnapped. Ty had no experience in that area, but gave it a try. He claims he "got lucky". It was his introduction to the international underground network of child pornographers.
While Ty felt good about reuniting the family, he didn't pursue that line of work. However, word of mouth soon brought him more and more cases. When he saw the scope of the problem and realized that no one else was doing anything about it, he was hooked.
Why? "Because it's right. And I know how to do it." "When I'm on a recovery, it's when I really feel alive."
Ty has received the prestigious Lifetime Appreciation Award from the City of Hope for his devotion to the safety and recovery of children.
During his career, Ty has bodyguarded royalty, a recent presidential candidate, Bernie Cornfeld "The king of Europe's cash", Hal Lindsey, CEO's of major corporations and scores of celebrities, from Sylvester Stallone, Frank Sinatra, Lauren Hutton, Kirk Douglas, George Michael, The Beach Boys and The Doobie Brothers, to Joan Crawford, Linda Evans, Robert Mitchum, Bob Hope, Doris Day, Paul Anka, Rick Nelson, Angie Dickinson, etc.