YUMA, Ariz. – The Yuma Sector Border Patrol honored fallen Senior Border Patrol Agent Luis A. “Louie” Aguilar with the unveiling of a new monument during a remembrance ceremony held today at the Bureau of Land Management Office in the Imperial Sand Dunes.
Ten years ago, on Jan. 19, 2008, Agent Aguilar was attempting to deploy a controlled tire deflation device to stop a narcotics smuggler from escaping into Mexico across the Imperial Sand Dunes. The suspect, driving a Hummer SUV, accelerated his vehicle and intentionally swerved and struck Agent Aguilar. Despite the attempts of his fellow agents and EMS personnel to save his life, Agent Aguilar died at the scene.
Yuma Sector Public Affairs staff will be present for interviews concerning the ceremony, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Yuma Sector Border Patrol Headquarters, 4035 S. Avenue A, Yuma. Staff will also have photographs and video of the ceremony available upon request. Please direct questions to Operations Officer Justin Kallinger at (928) 341-6559.
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.