ALEXANDRIA BAY, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Buffalo Field Office Director of Field Operations, Rose Hilmey, recently presented the Commissioner’s Humanitarian Award to CBP Officer Robert Furtak. CBP Officer Furtak is assigned to the Port of Alexandria Bay, N.Y.
CBP Officer Furtak witnessed a motor vehicle accident while driving to work on May 19. He immediately began life-saving efforts on the victim and while contacting 911. CBPO Furtak provided emergency responders with crucial information on the victim’s condition, allowing the efficient dispatch of emergency medical personnel to the scene. CBPO Furtak assisted the rescue squad in the resuscitation of the victim, who survived the accident.
“CBPO Furtak’s training, skills, and willingness to help were paramount in saving a life when he responded to a motor vehicle accident,” said Port Director Timothy Walker. “His response, lifesaving efforts and assistance provided to emergency medical personnel were directly responsible for saving a life.”
The Commissioner’s Humanitarian Award recognizes employees who demonstrate compassion and competence, exceeding normal expectations, in assisting individuals in extreme circumstances. Examples of extreme circumstances include life-threatening situations requiring an immediate medical response. The prestigious award is rarely given among the agency's 60,000 employees.
“CBPO Furtak’s actions reflect well not only on the Port of Alexandria Bay and the Buffalo Field Office but also on the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection,” said Director Rose Hilmey. “We are very proud of Officer Furtak. His prompt action reflects his dedication to CBP, its mission and the safety and concern of the community.”
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.