U.S. Border Patrol agents killed in line of duty honored at memorial service
POSTED: Friday, May 30, 2014 - 4:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 30, 2014 - 4:07pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — United States Border Patrol agents, family members and fellow law enforcement officers gathered at the U.S. Border Patrol Museum in Northeast El Paso Friday morning to honor the memory of those who have died while protecting our nation's borders.
The ceremony honored the 119 agents who have died since the agency's inception in 1924.
For the first time since the year 2000, there were no new names added to the memorial.
"We've been very fortunate that this fiscal year we did not add any fallen agents to the memorial," said Agent Yesenia Leon.
Unfortunately, that will not be the case during next year's memorial.
Agent Alexander Giannini was on duty when he died in a crash in Arizona earlier this week. His partner was injured.
"With the loss of our agents, it's a daily reminder of what the dangers are of what our agents face daily," said Leon.
It is also a reminder to the entire community of the sacrifice of those who are serving to protect our borders.