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Border Patrol Agent Injured After Government SUV Rolled Over in West El Paso

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A Border Patrol agent was injured after his government SUV rolled over in a single-vehicle accident in West El Paso on Thursday morning. 

The accident occurred about 7:50 a.m. 

The agent, who is assigned to the Santa Teresa Border Patrol Station, was treated by medics at the scene, near the intersection of Paisano and Doniphan, The El Paso Times reports.

The unidentified agent escaped serious injuries and was in good condition. 

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the accident. 

No more details were available. 

Border Patrol Agent Awarded for Saving Migrant in Treacherous Waters

By Steve Neavling

A Border Patrol agent from the El Centro Sector was awarded the agency’s highest honor for risking his own life to save a migrant who was drowning in the frigid, trecherous waters of a canal outside of El Centro. 

Agent C. Lara was assigned to the Calexico Border Patrol Station in February 2019 when he responded to a report of a man struggling to swim across the All-American Canal. 

After several attempts to pull the man to safety using a rescue disc, Lara jumped in the canal, despite dangerous underwater currents. 

“Agent Lara, disregarding the dangers of the swift water, swam toward the victim knowing that the individual would soon give in to exhaustion and be pulled under,” CBP said in a news release Tuesday. “Agent Lara took hold of the man and pulled him from imminent danger. Agent Lara’s heroism and disregard for being pulled under himself most certainly saved the man’s life. Agent Lara went beyond the call of duty by risking his own life to save the life of another.”

Lara was presented with the Newton-Azrak Award.

Border Patrol Agent Saves Life of Woman Stranded in Desert During Snowstorm

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By Steve Neavling

A Border Patrol agent in New Mexico is credited with saving the life of a woman with hypothermia who was stranded in the desert during a snowstorm. 

Agents from the Santa Teresa Border Patrol Station were called to help two people stranded in the desert on Monday. The couple had been exposed to the bitter cold for three days, and one of them was unresponsive and showing signs of hypothermia. 

An arriving agent requested medics, and after rendering aid to the woman, he carried her a half mile to his vehicle.  When EMS arrived, the medics transported her to a hospital. 

It turned out the couple had COVID-19. The responding agent has been quarantined pending testing. 

“Although I’m extremely proud of the heroic actions by our agent, this event once again illustrates the high risks of COVID-19 exposure that exists for our Border Patrol agents,” El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez said in a statement.

“Our agents will place themselves in harm’s way, go any length, to render aid to those in need, not knowing the victims are COVID-19 positive.  Now we will take measures to quarantine our agent, sanitize and decontaminate the vehicle, and ensure our agent gets tested due to the COVID-19 exposure.”

Retired Border Patrol Agent Accused of Dousing Co-Worker’s Cubicle with Urine

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By Steve Neavling

A retired Border Patrol agent is accused of dousing a co-worker’s cubicle with urine at the Buffalo Border Patrol Station.

Eduardo Flores Jr. has been charged with depredation of government property,  a misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of one year in federal prison and a $100,000 fine. 

Prosecutors say Flores sprayed and poured urine on a co-worker’s cubicle, prompting CPB’s Office of Professional Responsibility to investigate. 

A week after the dousing, a pungent odor remained. It took a special cleaning from a professional cleaning company to rid the cubicle of the stench, according to a Justice Department news release. 

Flores is scheduled to make a court appearance on Tuesday. 

Suspected Smuggler Arrested After Shooting at Border Patrol Agents

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By Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents came under fire early Sunday morning after trying to stop an SUV driven by a suspected smuggler of undocumented immigrants in Brackettville, Texas. 

No one was injured, CBP said in a news release Tuesday. 

The driver of the black Chevrolet SUV pulled over and fired a gun at agents before driving off. Local law enforcement officers spiked the SUV, prompting the driver to flee on foot when the vehicle came to a stop. 

Authorities arrested a suspected smuggler and several undocumented immigrants who were inside the cab of the SUV. The driver, a Mexican national, was tracked down in the brush and arrested without incident. 

“Thanks to our agents and law enforcement partners, these violent offenders are now behind bars,” Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Austin L. Skero II said in a statement. “Acts such as these highlight the importance of border security and the dangers we face daily, and I am grateful no one was injured.”

Both suspected smugglers face charges of assault on a federal agent. 

Joel Martinez Is New Deputy Chief Patrol Agent of Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector

Joel Martinez, deputy chief patrol agent of Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector.

By Steve Neavling

Joel Martinez has been named deputy chief patrol agent of the Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector. 

Martinez replaces Austin L. Skero II, who took over as chief patrol agent in the Laredo Sector about six months ago. 

Martinez joined the Border Patrol in 1992 at the Laredo South Station in the Laredo Sector. He perviously served as patrol agent in charge of the Laredo South Station, executive responsible for the Sector Intelligence Unit, and assistant chief of the Southeast Border Operations division at Border Patrol headquarters. 

Martinez spent much of his 28-year career at the RGV Sector. 

“I am happy to return to the RGV and look forward to continuing the great work underway in the sector,” Martinez said in a statement. “The sector remains the busiest in the nation and I am proud to join dedicated men and women working hard to secure the border in Rio Grande Valley.”

A native of San Benito, Texas, Martinez graduated from the CBP Leadership Institute-Cohort 1503-University of Maryland-Smith School of Business and has a bachelor’s degree in homeland security and emergency management from Ashford University.  

The RGV Sector includes nine stations and 277 river miles and 316 coastal miles.

Chris Clem Takes Helm at Border Patrol’s Yuma Sector

Chris T. Clem, chief patrol agent in the Yuma Sector.

By Steve Neavling

Chris T. Clem, a 25-year veteran of the Border Patrol, has been tapped to serve as chief patrol agent in the Yuma Sector in Arizona. 

The appointment comes just five months after he took the helm at Border Patrol’s Big Bend Sector. He replaces Anthony Porvaznik, who recently retired after serving in the position for more than five years.

Clem’s joined the Border Patrol in 1995 at the Lordsburg Station in the El Paso Sector. 

During his career, he held a variety of leadership positions, including senior patrol agent, supervisory border patrol agent, field operations supervisor, and patrol agent in charge, as well as associate, assistant and deputy chief patrol agent. He also served as a canine handler, and intelligence agent and a firearms instructor. 

Clem has worked out of Border Patrol stations in Lordsburg, New Mexico and Casa Grande, Arizona; as well as stations across the southern Texas Border. He also worked at Border Patrol Headquarters in Washington D.C.

A native of New Orleans who grew up in Houston, Clem earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in leadership management.  from Sam Houston State University.

Yuma Sector includes 126 miles of international border with Mexico and 181,000 square miles. There are three stations – Yuma, Wellton and Blythe – and three checkpoints, with more than 700 Border Patrol agents.

Border Patrol Agents in Texas Collect Christmas Gifts for Foster Children

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By Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents from the station in Falfurrias, Texas, are preparing to spread holiday cheer to foster children. 

Agents collected nearly 200 Christmas gifts for about 70 children in the care of Child Protective Services in Brooks County as part of the Green Santa Operation, KVEO reports.

The collaboration with Child Protective Services is in its fourth year.