A Border Patrol agent died in the road of obligation in Douglas, Arizona, after an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) he was driving collided with a lightweight pole. The agent was recognized as 44-year-old Freddy Ortiz, a veteran agent with over a decade of service to his nation. Ortiz was responding to a name relating to suspected migrant exercise on Tuesday night when the accident occurred close to Chino Road and International Avenue.
According to Cochise County Sheriff’s Office investigators, Ortiz’s ATV left the roadway earlier than hanging the fastened gentle pole. Other Border Patrol brokers found the accident scene and dispatched medical personnel. Agent Ortiz was transported to Copper Queen Hospital in Douglas, the place he was pronounced deceased because of extreme accidents.
In a social media put up by the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Patrol Agent John Modlin was quoted as saying:
U.S. Border Patrol Agent Freddy’s Ortiz’s on-duty loss of life is a tragedy and a stark reminder of the damaging nature of our mission, I’m grateful for all of the Border Patrol Agents, first responders, and medical workers who tried to save lots of his life. My ideas and prayers are together with his household, buddies, and family members.
Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels added, “It is an incredibly sad day for our brothers and sisters in Border Patrol and we have only the highest level of respect for the job these brave souls do every single day. God bless all of those in his work family and his home family, and know we are here if you need us.”
The Tucson Border Patrol Sector, which incorporates town of Douglas, Arizona, is at present the busiest for migrant crossings alongside the southwest border. According to CBP, greater than 55,000 migrants had been apprehended in the Sector.
The accident stays below investigation and is being performed by the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility.
Randy Clark is a 32-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol. Prior to his retirement, he served because the Division Chief for Law Enforcement Operations, directing operations for 9 Border Patrol Stations throughout the Del Rio, Texas, Sector. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.