TUCSON, Ariz. – A Douglas Border Patrol Station agent rendered aid to a 6-year-old child choking at a local restaurant Sunday in Douglas, Arizona.
The agent was waiting for a food order at Carl’s Jr. when he noticed a family in distress because their child appeared to be choking. The Border Patrol agent took immediate action, administering two forceful blows with the palm of his hand to the child’s back. The child immediately began to breathe.
The Douglas Fire Department arrived on scene and determined no further medical treatment was required.
All Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents are trained as first responders and are often relied upon to administer immediate, lifesaving aid in the communities they patrol. The agency also employs more than 250 EMTs and 15 paramedics.
“This is just another example of what makes me so proud of our agents,” said Tucson Sector’s Chief Patrol Agent Paul Beeson. “We are all committed to protecting and keeping our communities safe. This is where we live and raise our own families.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.