Santa Teresa, N.M. - A special recognition ceremony was held today for a 15-year-old Border Patrol Explorer Post member who fought off a vicious dog attack and helped save the life of a young boy in early October.
The act of heroism occurred after high-school student Gabriela Ramos drove past a school bus-stop and saw seven-year-old Eddy Chavez being attacked by two large dogs. Without hesitating, Miss Ramos quickly exited her vehicle to help the boy. While being bitten herself, she was able to distract the dogs long enough for Eddy to safely climb into her vehicle. She was also able to get in her vehicle and drive the boy to his house. Later that day, they were both treated for bite injuries at Mimbres Memorial Hospital, in Deming.
Miss Ramos is a Border Patrol Explorer Supervisor, who is also in her second year of JROTC training with the Department of Defense. She was honored today in a formal ceremony by El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Scott A. Luck.
In a letter of recognition presented to her, Chief Luck stated, "Gabriela displayed a unique brand of leadership, based on compassion and sacrifice of her own personal safety to save the life of another human being."
This act of bravery exemplifies how Vigilance, Integrity and Service to Country, which are core values of the U.S. Border Patrol, are passed along to the members of the Border Patrol Explorer program. These values came into play in protecting human life, while increasing the quality of life in our neighborhoods and communities.
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.