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CBP Gulfport Agent Provides LifeSaving Care

Release Date: 
June 15, 2018

NEW ORLEANS, LA — A New Orleans Gulfport Air and Marine Operations (AMO) agent provided lifesaving care after witnessing a three-vehicle crash that injured two people on Interstate -10 near Diamondhead, MS.  Supervisor Marine Interdiction Agent (SMIA) Russell Smith, an Emergency Medical Technician, quickly jumped in action on the morning of June 7, treating injured motorists who suffered injuries that included serious lacerations and uncontrolled bleeding.

I 10 crash LA 2
CBP agent provided lifesaving care to
those hurt in vehicle crash on I-10

“Our CBP agents often risk personal safety to save others from harm,” said Jaime Garcia, Deputy Director of New Orleans Marine Operations. “Instances such as the one involving our agents saving the life of accident victims are a testament to the selflessness of the men and woman of CBP.”

Following treatment and stabilization of those hurt, agent Smith turned his attention to one of the damaged vehicles that caught fire. Confirming the burning car was free of any victims, agent Smith retrieved a fire extinguisher from his government vehicle and knocked down the flames. SMIA Smith along with other personal then continued to assist first responders with preparing those injured for transportation to an area hospital for further treatment. 

Prior to leaving the scene, Diamondhead Police and other first responders thanked AMO members for their valuable service and care to those injured.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) is a federal law enforcement organization dedicated to serving and protecting the American people. We apply advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities and employ our unique skill sets to preserve America's security interests.

Last modified: 
June 15, 2018