U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials honored the name of Brian A. Terry Thursday in a ceremony dedicating the agency's newest vessel in Trenton, Mich.
Brian A. Terry, a Michigan native, was killed Dec. 15, 2010, while conducting a Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) operation in an area near Rio Rico, Ariz.
"For those of us here today and throughout CBP, the pain of that wrenching loss remains and will never be forgotten," said Acting Deputy Commissioner Kevin McAleenan.
The Brian A. Terry is a 25-foot Secure-Around-Flotation-Equipped (SAFE) Boat for maritime operations. This vessel is an integral part of the riverine patrol fleet, whose purpose is to stop maritime smuggling into the United States.
The 25-foot SAFE Boat is an standard platform in CBP's fleet of enforcement vessels deployed to detect and intercept attempts to illegally enter the United States by way of shallow rivers and lakes.
"If we could aspire to be half of what Brian was, then my career personally would be fulfilled," said Michael J. Fisher, Chief U.S. Border Patrol. "What Brian did in life, throughout his career in law enforcement and certainly with the Border Patrol was the epitome of honor."
The Brian A. Terry will patrol the Detroit River from just south of Detroit to the mouth of Lake Erie.
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.