Pine Valley, Calif. - A ceremony was held at the Campo Border Patrol Station yesterday to dedicate a stretch of the Interstate 8 in honor of Border Patrol Agent Robert W. Rosas, Jr., who was killed in the line of duty on the night of July 23, 2009.
To preserve Agent Rosas' memory, representatives from the U.S. Border Patrol, Local Border Patrol 1613 Union, CalTrans, SoCal Patriots, and California State Senator Joel Anderson's office gathered to announce the renaming of a portion of Interstate 8 between San Diego and the Imperial Valley. As part of the ceremony, signs were placed along the interstate to identify the stretch named in Robert Rosas' honor. Also in attendance were members of Agent Rosas' immediate and extended family, including his widow and two children.
Campo Border Patrol Station Acting Patrol Agent in Charge Richard Gordon remarked, "This is a very special occasion and a fitting tribute to ensure that our Border Patrol family member and friend, Robert Rosas, is never forgotten."
Because of these signs, the daily commuter on Interstate 8 will soon come to know Agent Rosas on their trips between Imperial Valley and San Diego. For Border Patrol agents who see Robert's name on their way to work, it will be a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice that he made and of the dangers Border Patrol agents face on a daily basis.
To prevent illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on major corridors of egress away from our nation's borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.
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.