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Mexican man dies from heat related illness near Palominas, AZ

Release Date: 
June 28, 2021

On June 23, 2021, United States Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) assigned to the Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station spotted a group of suspected undocumented migrants near Palominas, AZ.  The responding BPAs encountered a distressed male citizen of Mexico, who appeared to be suffering from heat related illness. BPAs called for immediate EMS assistance and attempted to stabilize the man, who was going in and out of consciousness. A Fry Fire District EMS unit responded and the BPAs on scene carried the man to the waiting ambulance. The man was transported to the Copper Queen Community Hospital in Bisbee, AZ for treatment.  

On June 24, 2021, the man was transferred to the Tucson Medical Center (TMC) in Tucson, AZ by Lifeline air ambulance.  He was admitted to and received medical treatment at TMC but tragically succumbed to his ailments the following ay and was pronounced deceased by medical staff.

The CBP Office of Professional Responsibility is reviewing the incident.  The DHS Office of Inspector General was also notified of the incident.

Last modified: 
September 22, 2021