LAREDO, TEXAS—Border Patrol Agent Pedro Saldivar III was awarded the Purple Cross medal during a ceremony held today.
The Purple Cross is the Border Patrol’s highest recognition for agents wounded in the line of duty.
Commander Robert L. Harris pinned the medal on Saldivar during a ceremony that was attended by fellow agents and family members. “Agent Saldivar epitomizes the bravery, dedication, and professionalism that CBP values in its law enforcement personnel,” said Commander Harris.
“I am extremely honored of receiving the award,” Saldivar said after the ceremony.
Agent Saldivar was shot in the leg while investigating a suspicious vehicle in March, 2013. Less than 100 Border Patrol agents have received this award since its creation. Saldivar is assigned to the Hebbronville station.
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.