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Posted: 9/19/2004 5:42:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/18/2004 10:28:37 PM EDT by brushdog]
We had 3 Border Patrol Agents in a service boat overturn today just south of Harlingen, TX, near the wier damn. One of the PA's managed to make it to the Mexican river bank. Our neighboring stations and air units have been helping with the search. It happened at 2:45 but things don't look good right now. One of my closest friends is still missing.

If any former PA's from HRL read this, please call the station or someone still stationed here.
USBP - Harlingen, TX (956)366-3000 -public number, please don't edit
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 1:06:59 AM EDT
We've gone from rescue to recovery. I'm stuck in the office, watching the phones. I was just talking to my friend a few hours before it happened. He was showing me his Colt AR. Unreal.
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 1:09:53 AM EDT
I'm truly sorry Brushdog, hang in there

Link Posted: 9/20/2004 3:08:52 AM EDT
I'll pass it along here at our office, and Tucson sector.
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 8:00:20 AM EDT
Sorry to hear. I hope all works out ok for ya.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 1:31:20 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 2:03:35 PM EDT
My condolances. It is tough to have a friend in trouble and then not come home. Hope their folks and friends are doing well. Be safe, and above all, use their loss as a learning experience. Again, I'm sorry to hear the bad news.
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 10:54:15 PM EDT

Border Patrol Agents Travis Attaway and Jeremy Wilson passed away while doing what they loved with their best friends.

I escorted Travis after their memorial to his hometown where his funeral was. As we made our way from south Texas to Hondo, Texas, we were escorted by every agency that was on the route. In many of the towns and counties that we passed through, local LEs, SOs, DPS troopers, Fire fighters, and EMTs were stopped on the side of the highway and saluted our caravan as we passed. When we came into Hondo, several hundred residents of Hondo and D'Hanis were waiting and walked into the street to meet Travis as he came home.

We rarely get recognized for the work that we do, nor get words of encouragement or praise from the community that we work in. The communities of Hondo and D'Hanis took us in and welcomed us, and even housed some of the agents that came for the funeral. I can't put into words what a sense of pride and honor that they gave us for the job that we do every day.

We now have to carry on and learn some hard lessons from this tragedy, but we are better knowing and serving with Travis and Jeremy.
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 10:59:33 PM EDT

My cousins husband is in the Border Patrol.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 8:40:48 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 5:30:04 PM EDT

Your team and their families are in our prayers. Know we are with you Brother.
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 5:09:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/20/2004 5:09:48 PM EDT by 646]
I am sorry to hear this news...
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 7:50:21 PM EDT
RIP Brothers.....The United States Border Patrol...America's "Thin Green Line"

Semper Fidelis
Link Posted: 10/22/2004 12:43:54 AM EDT
Sorry to hear about this. May they be at rest whereever they are.

My uncle was PAIC of his station, Van Buren/Hamlin, ME.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:46:58 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 8:01:13 PM EDT
I was in Browntown from 97-00 (class 327) then jumped ship. My condolenses. It's not enough, I know.

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