Treating and stabilizing victims with multiple stab wounds, providing life-saving aid to injured passengers of a bus rollover and extracting an illegal alien with broken ribs after falling in a snake-infested pit were among the heroic life-saving acts recognized by Laredo Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Robert L. Boatright and U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar. In all, 30 Border Patrol agents from the Laredo Sector were commended in front of family and friends for their selfless actions while performing their daily duties.
The agents received certificates praising their role in eight different life-saving events. “You are selfless public servants who enforce our laws humanely and professionally and serve as the first and often the last line of defense of these United States of America,” Boatright said.
Agents who risked their lives to save other lives threatened by an active shooter, saved a victim from drowning in the Rio Grande River after falling down a 50-foot embankment and provided critical aid to two illegal aliens struck by lightning were also applauded for their courageous and humanitarian acts.
“These agents went above and beyond their call of duty by risking their own lives to save civilians in need,” said Cuellar. “These agents are the embodiment of what the U.S. Border Patrol stands for—a federal law enforcement agency that is tasked with protecting our borders while following profound codes of professionalism and care when engaging with civilians and our community.”
Special guests included the Honorable Judge Mercurio Martinez Jr. and Dr. Ricardo Solis, president of Laredo Community College, where the ceremony took place.
These agents were recognized at the ceremony.
Eleazar Cortina, Jose Rodriguez, Emmanuel Whitten, Brandon Sanchez, Joshua Guell, Brandon Best, Robert Torres, Zachary Wright, Colin Madrid, Luke Summerlin, Cecil Daniel, Martin Lara, Aldo Martinez, Antonio Lepe, Heriberto Espinoza, Hervey Rodriguez, Rogelio Flores, Michael O'Reilly, Andres Sillas, Jose Garza II, Jose Dominguez, Javier Puente, Pedro Salinas, Ernesto Gonzalez, Gustavo Ruiz, Lazaro Perez, Jose Mendoza Joshua Davila, Ricardo Flores and Russel Cole.
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.