Local Rancher Praises Border Patrol Rescue Efforts
LAREDO, TEXAS—On December 15, 2012, three Border Patrol agents working their assigned duties responded to an emergency situation at a local ranch. Ranch and prominent business owner, Russell Deutsch, publicly thanked the agents today in a press conference held at the Laredo Border Patrol Sector Headquarters.
The evening of December 15, ranch owner, Russell Deutsch was at the entrance of his ranch, when he requested the assistance of a Laredo North agent, due to an injured man inside his property. The agent quickly followed Deutsch and immediately contacted Laredo West agents for further assistance. As other agents arrived, they quickly assisted the injured person. According to Deutsch, the man sustained a possible broken right arm and 70 percent of his body sustained burns. The injury came about when the individual tried pouring gasoline onto a fire and the gasoline canister exploded.
A Laredo West agent and certified Emergency Medical Technician arrived on the scene shortly after and immediately provided first aid stabilizing the victim while the Webb County ambulance arrived on the scene. Once the ambulance arrived, the victim was placed in the ambulance and was transported to Doctor's Hospital. The injured man remains in critical condition.
CBP Commander, South Texas, Robert L. Harris and Acting Chief Patrol Agent John C. Esquivel honored the agents for saving the life of the individual. "Border Patrol agents operate in rough rugged remote terrain, a lot of which is in the Laredo area, and privately owned property by ranch owners; but our agents have to access the property to do their job of patrolling the border. Sometimes agents encounter life threatening situations," stated Robert L. Harris, Commander, CBP South Texas.
"These are the men that need to be recognized, without them, this man would be dead today. It is extremely important that you give them the proper recognition that they deserve. Border Patrol is there when you need them, believe me," said Russell Deutsch.
The Laredo Sector Border Patrol comprises of approximately 1,900 agents of which 80 of them are Emergency Medical Technicians.
To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free telephone number at (800) 343-1994.
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.