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Off-Duty CBP Agent Who Rescued Students Defends Police Response to Massacre at Texas School

Border Patrol Agent Jacob Albarado, via Facebook

By Steve Neavling

The off-duty CBP agent who rescued students during the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Texas defended the police response to the massacre.

Jacob Albarado told CBS News he believes officers did nothing wrong. 

“I can’t speak on their behalf on what they were doing and how they were assessing the situation because I wasn’t there,” he said. “I wasn’t trying to breach the door. I don’t know what was happening in their mind.”

He added, “I know my fellow officers and, to me, I believe they were doing everything in their power they could do.” 

The shooting claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers before law enforcement officers confronted the shooter and killed him. 

Police have faced widespread criticism over their failure to act promptly to stop the 18-year-old shooter, who had barricaded himself in a classroom full of children. 

More than an hour had passed before the shooter was killed.

The Justice Department is investigating the police response to the shooting.

Albarado was getting his hair cut when he received a frantic text message from his wife, who works at the school. He grabbed a shotgun from his barber and rushed to the school, slipped into a wing of the building and began rescuing students. 

Border Patrol Agents Rescue Abandoned 4-Year-Old Girl

Border Patrol agents rescue a 4-year-old girl found alone. Photo: Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents rescued a 4-year-old girl found alone on a riverbank at the Texas border. 

The girl was left alone after a smuggler brought her across the Rio Grande, CBP said. 

She was found on the morning of March 20 by Border Patrol agents who had spotted a large number of migrants in the area. 

As of Tuesday, the agency did not know the girl’s identity or where her she from. 

“The child is now safe thanks to our agents,” the U.S. Border Patrol Del Rio Sector said in a Facebook post. 

Border Patrol Agents Help Crash Victims in 2 Separate Accidents

By Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents rushed to the aid of car crash victims on two separate occasions this week. 

At 2:30 p.m. Saturday, agents from the Laredo North Station in Texas responded to a tractor-trailer rollover accident on the Interstate 35 west access road near the 9-mile marker north of Laredo. While waiting for an ambulance to arrive, Border Patrol medics provided medical aid to two occupants in the truck.

On Tuesday, agents from the Freer Station in Texas responded to a two-vehicle crash involving an 18-wheeler and pickup truck on U.S. Highway 59 west of Freer, Texas. Agents provided medical aid to four occupants until an ambulance arrived. 

Last year, fast-acting Border Patrol agents sprung into action numerous times when they saw people in danger.

Border Patrol Agents Rescue 25 Undocumented Migrants from Freezing Trailer

By Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents rescued 25 undocumented migrants from a locked trailer in Texas. 

The migrants had no heat and no means of escape when agents assigned to the Sierra Blanca Station rescued them on the morning of Jan. 5, the agency announced.

Some of the migrants, who were part of a failed smuggling operation, were crying, shivering and distraught when they were found. 

“There have been significant rescues as of late by our agents where individuals were left in hazardous conditions and required immediate medical attention,” Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Sean L. McGoffin said. “Transnational criminal organizations have no concern for humanity, they continually place lives in danger.”

Last year, fast-acting Border Patrol agents – some of them off-duty – sprung to action when they saw people in danger. They were credited with saving lives.

Border Patrol Agents Rescue Bleeding Man from Car Moments Before It Burst into Flames

Remains of the car gutted by a fire. Photo: CBP.

By Steve Neavling

Quick-acting Border Patrol agents rescued a man from a burning car just before it burst into flames. 

Agents from the McAllen Border Patrol Station in Texas heard a vehicle crash south of McAllen and immediately responded on Saturday. 

The driver was bleeding and slumped over the wheel, CBP said in a news release Monday. 

“While executing their border security mission within their area of responsibility, Border Patrol Agents sometimes encounter various emergency situations involving members of the general public.  Our agents immediately took action to save the life of the man involved in the crash, preventing any further injury,” Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Patrol Agent Brian S. Hastings said in a statement.

It’s just the latest rescue by Border Patrol agents. 

In September, agents from the Brownsville Station rescued a woman from a smoking car before it erupted in flames on U.S. Highway 77 in Brownsville, Texas.

On the same day, an off-duty Border Patrol agent from the Laredo Sector witnessed an armed man destroying property in a parking lot and immediately called police. The gunman then began opening fire aimlessly, “causing chaos with the surrounding civilians,” CBP said in a news release. After helping clear people from the scene, the agent identified himself and deescalated the situation before police arrived.

On Aug. 29, CBP officers were credited with saving the life of a young woman who appeared to be overdosing on opioids. Two men carried the semi-conscious woman to the pedestrian lanes at the Douglas Port of Entry in Arizona on Sunday evening. While a supervisory CBP officer notified the Douglas Fire Department, a CBP-trained medic administered two doses of Narcan. 

On July 31, an off-duty Border Patrol agent saved a man from a burning car in metro Detroit.

Also in July, an off-duty agent from the El Centro Sector helped thwart a carjacking in what the agency called a “heroic act.”

In the same month, an off-duty Border Patrol agent in San Diego detained a man who was slashing a knife through the air while approaching bystanders.

Quick-Acting Border Patrol Agents Credited with Potentially Saving Lives in Separate Incidents

These agents rescued a woman from a burning car in Texas. Photo: CBP.

By Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents came to the rescue in two separate incidents in Texas this week, the latest in a string of heroic actions.

On Wednesday morning, agents from the Brownsville Station rescued a woman from a smoking car before it erupted in flames on U.S. Highway 77 in Brownsville, Texas. The agents spotted smoke billowing out of a car, and “without regard for their own safety, extracted the woman shortly before the car was engulfed in flames,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news release.

The woman was not seriously injured. 

On Wednesday afternoon, an off-duty Border Patrol agent from the Laredo Sector “prevented a tragedy from occurring in San Antonio, Texas,” CBP said. 

The agent witnessed an armed man destroying property in a parking lot and immediately called police. The gunman then began opening fire aimlessly, “causing chaos with the surrounding civilians.”

After helping clear people from the scene, the agent identified himself and deescalated the situation before police arrived.

No one was injured. 

On Aug. 29, CBP officers were credited with saving the life of a young woman who appeared to be overdosing on opioids. Two men carried the semi-conscious woman to the pedestrian lanes at the Douglas Port of Entry in Arizona on Sunday evening. While a supervisory CBP officer notified the Douglas Fire Department, a CBP-trained medic administered two doses of Narcan. 

On July 31, an off-duty Border Patrol agent saved a man from a burning car in metro Detroit.

Also in July, an off-duty agent from the El Centro Sector helped thwart a carjacking in what the agency called a “heroic act.”

In the same month, an off-duty Border Patrol agent in San Diego detained a man who was slashing a knife through the air while approaching bystanders.

CBP Officers Save Life of Woman Who Overdosed on Drugs, Border Agency Says

By Steve Neavling

Customs and Border Protection officers are credited with saving the life of a young woman who appeared to be overdosing on an opioid. 

Two men carried the semi-conscious woman to the pedestrian lanes at the Douglas Port of Entry in Arizona on Sunday evening. While a supervisory CBP officer notified the Douglas Fire Department, a CBP-trained medic administered two doses of Narcan. 

Within one minute, the woman gained consciousness. She said she suspected someone had slipped her an unknown narcotic in Mexico. 

Firefighters transported her to a local medical facility. 

“This incident highlights the compassion of our officers, and the effort they put forth to keep the residents of our bi-national communities safe,” said Douglas Area Port Director Jeffrey A. Wilson. “Travelers should be mindful with whom and with what they interact while they are outside the United States.

It’s just the latest example of CBP officers coming to the rescue. 

On July 31, an off-duty Border Patrol agent saved a man from a burning car in metro Detroit.

Also in July, an off-duty agent from the El Centro Sector helped thwart a carjacking in what the agency called a “heroic act.”

In the same month, an off-duty Border Patrol agent in San Diego detained a man who was slashing a knife through the air while approaching bystanders.

Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Uses Bowling Ball to Rescue Driver from Burning Car

A Border Patrol agent rescued a driver from this burning car. Photo: CBP.

By Steve Neavling

An off-duty Border Patrol agent saved a man from a burning car in metro Detroit using a bowling ball, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Tuesday.

Agent John Leslie was driving on a highway in Farmington Hills when he spotted a car on fire along the side of the road on July 31. Leslie, a trained EMT, rushed to the scene and discovered that the driver was trapped inside the vehicle as flames quickly spread.

With the passenger-side door destroyed in the crash, the agent crawled into the car and opened the rear door, but was unable to pull the driver through the back seat because of the damage.

Finding a bowling ball in the rear seat as the flames intensified, Leslie smashed the driver’s window and pried open the door to free the driver before a small explosion engulfed the car.

“If it weren’t for the bowling ball, I’m not sure how I would have gotten the window smashed to get the guy out,” Leslie said in a statement. “That ball saved his life.”

The agent treated the driver until emergency rescue officials arrived.

“Everyday across America our Border Patrol agents, without regard for their own safety, risk their lives to save others,” Acting Chief Patrol Agent Robert B. Simon said. “I could not be more proud of John and how quickly he jumped in to save this mans life. If he did not react so quickly the outcome would have been very different.”

Leslie was the latest off-duty Border Patrol agent to jump to action during an emergency.

Last weekend, an off-duty agent from the El Centro Sector helped thwart a carjacking in what the agency called a “heroic act.”

Another off-duty agent stopped a man slashing a knife at bystanders in San Diego earlier this month.