TUCSON, Ariz. – Officials at the Nogales Border Patrol Station unveiled a new stone monument Monday honoring fallen Border Patrol Agent Alexander Kirpnick who was killed in the line of duty 20 years ago on June 3, 1998.
Agent Kirpnick was shot and killed near Nogales while attempting to apprehend a group of drug mules. Agents and Agent Kirpnick’s family members participated in a private ceremony held in Potrero Canyon where the shooting occurred.
Tucson Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch and Deputy Chief Self served as keynote speakers during the memorial ceremony. Agent Kirpnick’s sister, as well as a childhood friend and fellow co-workers, also shared personal memories during the event that included military-style honors presented by Tucson Sector’s Honor Guard.
Since the Border Patrol’s inception on May 28, 1924, 127 brave agents made the ultimate sacrifice; 12 of them belonging to Tucson Sector.
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.