FALFURRIAS, Texas–U.S. Border Patrol Agent Tyler Robledo was killed in an apparent head-on collision with another vehicle while on duty in the South Texas border region. The driver of the second vehicle also killed in the accident.
Robledo was assigned to the Carrizo Springs Border Patrol Station. Carrizo Springs is located northwest of Laredo, Texas and southeast of Eagle Pass, Texas. He was on patrol on FM 2644 when his patrol vehicle and a 2009 Dodge sedan collided at about 1:15 am, Friday morning.
Agent Robledo suffered traumatic injuries and was airlifted to the San Antonio Military Medical Center where he later died from his injuries according to an article posted by KSAT 12 from San Antonio. The driver of the other vehicle, whose name has not yet been released, died at the scene of the accident.
“This illustrates how dangerous our job is,” said Border Patrol Agent Hector Garza, spokesman for National Border Patrol Council Local 2455 in a phone interview with Breitbart Texas. “The danger is not just from the criminals we patrol for. We work on some very dangerous roads as well.”
“It is very clear when we leave our homes every day,” Garza continued, “that we may not come home at the end of our shift. We hug our families and say good-bye and then we try and safely do our job.”
“The members of our Border Patrol Council express our condolences to the family of Agent Robledo,” he said. “We all mourn this tragic loss and feel the pain of the death of one of our fellow agents. We are here for the family and will do all we can to help them and honor Agent Robledo.”
Photos Courtesy of Jon Folbrecht, President of Heros Memorial Foundation
A Facebook event honoring the life of Agent Robledo called “Lights On for Agent Tyler Robledo” has been set up and calls for those wishing to honor the fallen agent and support his family to turn on a porch light and leave it on through Friday September 19.
Bob Price is a staff writer and a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.