LYNDEN, WASH.—U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Lynden, Wash. area helped resuscitate a 56-year-old Canadian man who had suffered a heart attack on Monday, February 4th, at approximately 10:00 p.m.
Agents assigned to the Sumas Border Patrol Station encountered a single vehicle accident near Bender and Visser Roads north of Lynden, Wash. Agents approached the vehicle and noticed the driver was unresponsive and not breathing. Agents performed CPR until the driver was stabilized and subsequently transported via ambulance to Peace Health Saint Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, Wash.
"The quick response of the agents and their ability to perform effective CPR likely saved this man's life," stated Chief John Bates of the Border Patrol's Blaine Sector. "The Border Patrol works in collaboration with local law enforcement agencies and first responders to protect our local residents and visitors to our communities."
Three passengers in the vehicle at the time of the accident were not injured.
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.