TUCSON, Ariz. – Over the weekend, a Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent extinguished flames from a vehicle that had an 18-month old child and her grandmother inside.
On March 7, at 8:30 p.m., a Border Patrol agent noticed a Dodge Durango overheating at a gas station. The agent was asking the driver if she was aware of her vehicle’s condition when flames appeared from underneath the engine compartment. The agent reacted quickly, assisting the grandmother and 18-month old child in escaping the burning vehicle. He then retrieved a fire extinguisher from his service vehicle and put out the flames. Emergency Services were notified and responded to the incident.
Later that evening, a Border Patrol agent approached a vehicle which had rolled over on I-10. He noticed an individual trapped inside and notified the fire department and emergency medical services. The rescue services and agents extracted the man from the vehicle, and a helicopter transported him to a Tucson medical facility.
Border Patrol agents frequently shift from law enforcement to rescue mode. By working with local, state, federal and tribal agencies, the Border Patrol increases the availability of emergency services available to the public.
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.