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Border Patrol Personnel Rescue Family from House Fire

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Greg L. Davis, Big Bend Sector Public Affairs Officer, 202-839-1817, Gregory.L.Davis@cbp.dhs.gov

MARFA, Texas – Off-duty Border Patrol Agents and Mission Support Specialists from Big Bend Sector responded to a house fire and rescued a family.

On Saturday, April 9, 2022, at approximately 5 a.m. two employees from Big Bend Sector who are also residents of Marfa witnessed a house ablaze and rushed to render aid.  The two were aided by Border Patrol Agents who managed to rescue a mother and child. Once evacuated they helped Presidio County Sheriff’s Department with the rescue of an adult male trapped on his balcony. All family members were safely evacuated moments before the balcony and home were fully engulfed.

Despite the dangers to himself, MSS Humberto Hernandez, recounted why he took action by using a motto he is known for, “Not on my watch, not today!”  Hernandez is a retired Supervisory Border Patrol Agent and was first on scene.

Marfa fire
Marfa residential fire










“This rescue is an example of the countless times our agents and personnel show the dedication, bravery, and support to the communities no matter if it’s on or off-duty.” said Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Sean L. McGoffin.

Big Bend Sector partners with many local and state law enforcement entities to keep our border communities safe. If you see something suspicious, report it by contacting our 24/7 hotline at

1-866-581-7549. Together, we can continue to uphold national security and combat illicit activity.

Honor First!


Last Modified: April 19, 2022