U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Carlo Cayabyab passed away on September 16, 2020. The circumstances of his passing were reviewed by an executive panel and the CBP Commissioner who agreed that his death occurred in the line of duty. Officer Cayabyab will be remembered for his diligent service to the nation and for his bravery in the face of danger.
Officer Cayabyab started his CBP career on January 24, 2005. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, spent much of his life in southern California, and was assigned to the Tecate, California, Port of Entry. Prior to joining the federal government, he attended the University of California, San Diego where he obtained a degree in biochemistry and was pursuing a career in medicine. He was the oldest of three siblings, both of whom work in the medical field. Officer Cayabyab was well known in the local community, given his position as a medical first responder. As one of the few medical first responders at the Tecate Port of Entry, he was involved in many emergency medical distress calls, placing his own life at risk even as he worked to sustain the life of others.
Officer Cayabyab is survived by his mother and two siblings.