Frank Wills was an African American private watchman who was on-duty during the 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters inside the Watergate complex in Washington, DC.
Wills, who was only 24-years old at the time, called the police after realizing that the locks at the complex were being tampered with.
It clothed that five men were getting to bug the Democratic headquarters, and Wills’ intuitive thinking led to their arrests. Later, it had been discovered that President Nixon was involved, and this triggered the Watergate, which eventually led to Nixon’s resignation as President of us.
Sadly, Wills never received a promotion for locating the burglary, and consistent with The NY Times, he eventually quit his job.
But he was recognized as a national hero for opening the country’s eyes to government corruption. He was honored by the NAACP and, therefore, the Democratic National Committee and made several notable media appearances.
He even played himself during a film about Watergate called All the President’s Men that was released in 1976.
Sadly, he died within the year 2000 at the age of 52 from a brain tumor. The govt never compensated him for his historic discovery.