DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Uvalde Station pulled two people out of a burning vehicle following a recent rollover accident.
“I commend the agents for their quick response and actions,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch. “That they were able to assist and get them the medical treatment they required is a testament to the agents’ training and dedication.”
At approximately 7 a.m. on Aug. 29, the Uvalde Border Patrol checkpoint was notified by a traveling motorist of a rollover accident west of the checkpoint. Two agents immediately responded to the scene and observed a passenger van on its side with flames coming from the bottom of the vehicle. Agents quickly began to spray the vehicle with their fire extinguisher and observed two occupants in the front seats. Agents entered the van through the rear doors and made their way to the front seat area, and rescued the trapped passengers. A doctor from Val Verde Regional Medical Center was driving by and was able to assist the agents in stabilizing the victims, until the Uvalde EMS and Uvalde Fire Department arrived. Both passengers were airlifted to San Antonio for further medical care.
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
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.