MCALLEN, Texas – Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector were honored by United States Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) for their acts of heroism. The agents’ family members were also in attendance.
The ceremony took place yesterday, Monday, at the McAllen Border Patrol Station. Congressman Cuellar presented Congressional Certificates of Recognition to nine Border Patrol Agents for actions taken including rescuing subjects from the Rio Grande and extracting another from a burning vehicle.
“These agents went above and beyond their call of duty by risking their own lives to save civilians in need,” said Congressman Cuellar. “These agents are the embodiment of what the U.S. Border Patrol stands for—a federal law enforcement agency that is tasked with protecting our borders while following profound codes of professionalism and care when engaging with civilians and our community.”
Rio Grande Valley Sector Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz also congratulated the agents and addressed the family members by saying “We appreciate the family because without you, they would not be able to come to work and do the things that they do each and every day.”
The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.
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.