LAREDO, Texas – On March 18, 2018, Border Patrol agents rendered aid to an individual involved in an ATV accident in Zapata, Texas. Border Patrol agents responded to a call for assistance from the Zapata County Sheriff’s Office regarding an ATV accident and arrived on scene.
Texas Parks and Wildlife and Texas Department of Public Safety were already on scene and indicated the subject was unconscious and appeared to have suffered trauma to the head and possibly other internal injuries. A Border Patrol agent certified as an Emergency Medical Technician assessed the patient’s vital signs, started intravenous therapy, and prepped him for transport with a C-Collar (neck brace) and a backboard. Zapata County Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene shortly thereafter and took over the medical care for the individual. The subject was airlifted via medevac helicopter to a hospital in the Rio Grande Valley for further treatment.
“This event illustrates how the men and women of the United States Border Patrol not only serve to protect our borders but are also committed to the preservation of life and assist anyone in need,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Gabriel H. Acosta.
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.