On March 15, 2007, Agent Ramon Nevarez, Jr. and his partner Agent David J. Tourscher were involved in a single vehicle accident while returning from patrol duties in the Lordsburg Station Area of Responsibility. Though a valiant effort was made to save Agent Nevarez by fellow Border Patrol Agents, the New Mexico State Police, the Luna County Sheriff’s Office, local EMS and local citizens, Agent Nevarez succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the accident.
Agent Nevarez had served with the Border Patrol for 2 years and was assigned to Lordsburg Station in the El Paso Sector. Agent Nevarez was raised in Laredo, Texas. Agent Nevarez was a graduate of Border Patrol Academy Class #598. Ramon’s fellow agents remember him as a dedicated agent with a great attitude, infectious smile, and an admirable work ethic.
On March 15, 2007, Agent David James Tourscher and his partner Agent Ramon Nevarez Jr. were involved in a single vehicle accident while returning from patrol duties in the Lordsburg Station Area of Responsibility. Though a valiant effort was made to save Agent Tourscher by fellow Border Patrol Agents, the New Mexico State Police, the Luna County Sheriff’s Office, local EMS and local citizens, Agent Tourscher succumbed to his injuries after being air lifted to Thomason Hospital in El Paso, Texas.
Agent Tourscher was born in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania and was raised in Springfield, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Springfiled High School. David earned a degree in Political Science from Kutztown University. David graduated from the 625th Session of the Border Patrol Academy on November 11, 2006. David excelled in academics and physical training. He is survived by his father Gary Tourscher, his mother Jeanne Tourscher, his sister Sara Tourscher and his brother Lee Tourscher.
Senior Patrol Agent Richard Goldstein, of the Indio, California, Border Patrol Station was killed on May 11, 2007. It is suspected that he died while rescuing his canine partner, Carlo, from the Coachella Canal near Niland, California. Agent Goldstein was reported missing after his vehicle was found parked and idling along the canal bank, with his service K-9 sitting alongside. A search was immediately initiated, and Agent Goldstein was found in the canal a short time later.
The Customs and Border Protection and California Highway Patrol Air divisions assisted several Border Patrol Agents in the search for the missing agent. Richard Goldstein began his career with the United States Border Patrol when he entered on duty March 25, 2002, as a member of the 503rd Session of the Border Patrol Academy. Agent Goldstein had been assigned to the Indio Border Patrol Station since his graduation from the Academy.
Agent Goldstein was 37 years old at the time of his death. Agent Goldstein is survived by his wife, Katherine, two step-sons, David Knights and Jamie Swart, and one grand-daughter.
Border Patrol Agent Eric Cabral suffered a fatal heart attack as the result of heat exposure when he and another agent were tracking a group of illegal aliens north of I-8 near Jacumba, California. He had been separated from his partner when a third agent found him. Agents initiated CPR and emergency medical services were rendered. Agent Cabral was flown to a hospital in San Diego, where he was pronounced dead.
DOB: November 26, 1976 Entered: July 21, 2002 Departed: January 19th, 2008
Senior Border Patrol Agent Luis Aguilar was killed when he was intentionally struck by the driver of a vehicle he was attempting to stop.
Border patrol agents observed a brown Hummer and a red Ford F-250 pickup crossing from Mexico into the United States about 20 miles west of Yuma, Arizona. Agents on normal patrol watched as the vehicles traveled west on I-8. The drivers of the Hummer and the pickup saw that the agents were following them and turned around, heading back the way they had come, with the Border Patrol following them. As Agent Aguilar deployed spike strips, near the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, he was intentionally struck by the the driver of the Hummer.
Both vehicles fled into Mexico, where the suspect who struck Agent Aguilar was later apprehended. A second suspect turned himself in to authorities in the United States. The suspect who was apprehended in Mexico was later released by Mexican authorities who claimed there was no international arrest warrant for his arrest. He was re-arrested in Mexico in February 2009 and extradited to the United States in January 2010 to face murder charges.
In April 2011 the subject was convicted of second degree murder and related charges. Agent Aguilar had served with the Border Patrol for six years and was assigned to the Yuma Sector. He is survived by his wife, two children, brother, and sister.
Border Patrol Agent Jarod Dittman, of the Brownfield Border Patrol Station, died on March 30, 2008. Agent Dittman was working the midnight shift when he was involved in a single vehicle rollover accident at approximately 1:00 a.m., while he was en route to his assigned work area from the Brownfield Station. Another Border Patrol agent came across the single vehicle accident on Otay Lakes Road, near State Route 94.
Agent Dittman was pulled from his department issued Jeep Wrangler and transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries approximately one hour later. Agent Dittman entered on duty with the U. S. Border Patrol on March 5, 2007 as a member of the 660th Session of the Border Patrol Academy. Agent Dittman was assigned to the Brownfield Border Patrol Station immediately after graduation from the Academy. Prior to joining the Border Patrol; Agent Dittman served in the Pennsylvania National Guard. Agent Dittman was 28 years old at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, Pavelina and their 17 month old daughter, Angela.
Date of Birth: March 26, 1980
Entered on Duty: February 16, 2009
Title: Border Patrol Agent (trainee)
End of Watch: May 1, 2009
Border Patrol Agent Nathaniel A. Afolayan collapsed during training after completing the 1.5 mile run portion of his physical techniques final exam and passed away on May 1, 2009. Agent Afolayan had been sworn in as a Border Patrol Agent at the beginning of the 856th Border Patrol Academy session in February and had served with the Border Patrol for ten weeks. Agent Afolayan is survived by his wife, two daughters, parents, and three siblings.
Date of Birth: January 19, 1962
Entered on Duty: September 30, 1984
Title: Border Patrol Agent
End of Watch: May 21, 2009
Border Patrol Agent Cruz McGuire, of the Del Rio Texas Station, collapsed the morning of May 21, 2009. Attempts by his fellow agents and medical professionals to revive him were unsuccessful. At the time of his collapse, Agent McGuire was working a trail with other agents.
Agent McGuire began his career in law enforcement with the Del Rio Police Department and later joined the Kinney County Sheriff’s Office. Agent McGuire graduated with the 166th Session of the Border Patrol Academy and was assigned to the Kingsville Station. Agent McGuire transferred to the Del Rio Station on April 12, 1998.
Date of Birth: June 19, 1979
Entered on Duty: May 22, 2006
Title: Border Patrol Agent
End of Watch: July 23, 2009
On July 23, 2009, Agent Rosas was shot and killed by unidentified assailants near Campo California, after responding to suspicious activity in a remote area notorious for alien and drug smuggling. Early reports indicate that Agent Rosas exited his vehicle approximately 18 miles east of the Tecate Port of Entry, near the Shockey Truck Trail, a short distance from the border.
Agents working nearby heard gun shots and tried to contact Agent Rosas. When he did not respond, his fellow agents rushed to the area to locate him and found his body on the ground near his vehicle. Agent Robert Rosas began his career with the Border Patrol when he entered on duty May 22, 2006, as a member of the 621st Session of the Border Patrol Academy. He had been assigned to the Campo Border Patrol Station since his graduation from the Academy. Agent Rosas was 30 years old at the time of his death, and he leaves behind a wife and two children.
Entered: October 14, 1984 Departed: September 14, 2009
Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Trena McLaughlin died as the result of Hepatitis C, which she had contracted after being stuck by a syringe while searching a vehicle.
On July 14, 1994, she was searching a vehicle at the Temecula Station in California when her hand came in contact with the hidden syringe. She tested positive for Hepatitis C in 1998 and medically retired from the Border Patrol in 2002. She passed as a result of the disease on September 14, 2009. Agent McLaughlin had served with the United States Border Patrol for 18 years.
Entered: January 19, 2009 Departed: May 23, 2010 Position: Border Patrol Agent
On May 23, 2010, at approximately 11:25 p.m. Border Patrol Agent Mark F. Van Doren of the Falfurrias Station was killed when his patrol car collided with a steer and a tree on Farm-to-Market Road 755, in Brooks County, Texas three miles west of US Highway 281. Border Patrol Agent Adelaido Martinez of the Falfurrias Station was also injured in the accident, and was hospitalized in stable condition.
Agent Van Doren began his career with the Border Patrol on January 19, 2009, as a member of the 849th Session of the Border Patrol Academy. After graduating from the Academy, he was assigned to the Falfurrias Station in the Rio Grande Valley Sector. Agent Van Doren is survived by his parents, two brothers and three children.
Entered: July 21, 2008 Departed: September 2, 2010
On Thursday, September 2, 2010, Agent Michael V. Gallagher of the Casa Grande Border Patrol Station was killed when his patrol vehicle was struck by another vehicle near San Miguel, Arizona.
At the time of his death, Agent Gallagher was performing patrol duties on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation. Prior to joining the Border Patrol, Agent Gallagher served in the U.S. Army, including a tour in Iraq. He is survived by his wife, two sons, mother, father, and two sisters.
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