El Paso community pays final respects to K-9 Border Patrol Agent Bulder

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Multiple law enforcement agencies and members of the El Paso community said goodbye to Bulder, the Border Patrol K-9 agent killed last month during a raid.

Although Bulder lost his life while protecting his fellow agents, the work and legacy the K-9 leaves behind will never be forgotten.

“Patrol K-9 Bulder was one of the best canines we’ve ever had in our program. The proficiency that we saw from that dog is unrivaled from any other dog I’ve seen in my time and experience in the unit,” Kevin Vicini, BORTAC Team Leader in its K-9 section shared.

Dozens of U.S. CBP along with law enforcement agencies, and Bulder’s handler remembered the life of one of their own Wednesday morning.

Bulder was killed on Dec. 17 in the backyard of a home in the 4500 block of Capricorn during a raid involving multiple agencies.

El Paso Police said a 62-year-old man opened fire on law enforcement and a bullet struck and killed Bulder, who was a part of the Border Patrol Tactical Unit. The suspect, who was later identified as Paul Jarvis in court documents, was shot and killed by law enforcement.

“These canines are absolutely vital to the mission. They bridge a lot of the gaps that their human counterparts cannot account for. First off their ability to use their old factory system,” Vicini explained, “Their ability to smell things, locate narcotics, locate dangerous individuals that are hiding that their human counterparts wouldn’t otherwise know they’re there.”

Fellow agents said Bulder’s presence saved lives that.

“There’s no question that Patrol K-9 Bulder’s actions ensured that all the operators on scene were able to make it home safely to their families at the end of the night,” Vicini said.

“K-9 Bulder being on scene that day unequivocally prevented additional casualties. He was one of the first agents on scene. Did his job precisely as trained and eagerly,” Meredith Davis, Special Agent with ATF added.

While making the ultimate sacrifice, Bulder will be remembered not just as a teammate, but as family.

“It is a tremendous loss. It’s a loss for the handler, his family, but it’s a loss for our entire unit and our organization as well. These dogs are family members and teammates to all of us so we’re all taking it in stride,” Vicini shared.

Border Patrol officials said Bulder was the first canine killed in the line of duty in U.S. CBP history.

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