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Havre Border Patrol Station Hold Awards Ceremony at Citizen's Academy in Turner

Release Date: 
March 12, 2010

Havre, Mont. - Turner and Hogeland residents graduated from the Havre Border Patrol Station's Citizen's Academy last Tuesday. During the ceremony Havre Sector Chief Patrol Agent Brenna Neinast also took the opportunity to recognize the Emergency Medical Technicians who assisted an off-duty Border Patrol agent who was involved in a serious vehicle accident that took place last October in Turner by presenting them letters of appreciation.

Havre Sector Chief Patrol Agent Brenna Neinast presenting letters of appreciation to Shawna Billmayer, Don Harmon, Steve Leitner, and Bonnie Harmon (on behalf of her daughter Vanessa).

Havre Sector Chief Patrol Agent Brenna Neinast presenting letters of appreciation to Shawna Billmayer, Don Harmon, Steve Leitner, and Bonnie Harmon (on behalf of her daughter Vanessa).

The final class for this academy was different than most, because the residents gave a presentation to the Border Patrol agents about their Fire and Ambulance Services and their emergency response capabilities. Don and Bonnie Harmon spoke about the Ambulance Service, and Brian Fox and Jordan Zellner spoke about the Turner and Hogeland Volunteer Fire Departments. Due to the fact that these locations are isolated and rural communities, many of the residents there have taken it upon themselves to become certified Emergency Medical Technicians and certified fire fighters.

Chief Neinast followed the presentations by thanked the EMT's on behalf of the United States Border Patrol for the assistance and care they provided to a Border Patrol Agent after a vehicle accident on the afternoon of October 21, 2009. Chief Neinast said, "Your skills as EMT's were the key to Agent Brown's survival immediately following the accident. I know that due to your deep personal commitment to the safety of the communities of Turner and Hogeland, the volunteer fire fighters and emergency medical technicians freely give of their own time and often spend their own money to get the training needed to staff the Fire Department."

The Citizen's Academy is a comprehensive course designed to increase the public's understanding of the U.S. Border Patrol's mission, goals, and history. It also gives a general overview of operations and is intended to foster stronger relationships and understanding between Havre Station and the community. The classes were held one evening a week between January 23 and March 9. The attendees were citizens from the surrounding communities that represented a wide variety of ages and occupations who all shared an interest in learning about the U.S. Border Patrol and its mission.

Chief Neinast said, "The Citizen's Academy strengthens our partnerships with the communities we serve and improves border safety."

Future Citizen's Academies are being planned, but dates are tentative. Citizens interested in attending future academies can call the Havre Sector Headquarters at (406) 262-5600.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017