As a 22 year old senior at Washington State University, I applied for and took the written exam for the Border Patrol, mainly because of peer pressure from my buddy, Mike Barnes.
After graduating from WSU, I took two seasonal positions as a Washington State Park Ranger at Chief Timothy State Park in Clarkston and Field Springs State Park in Anatone. I worked only 8 months out of the year.
I took the oral exam for the Border Patrol while employed as a Park Ranger with little expectation that I would ever be offered or accept the job. But, a year after graduation, at the ripe old age of 22, I received a telegram from the U.S. Border Patrol and accepted the position, arriving in Del Rio, Texas on April 29, 1984. From that day forward my life would change drastically.....
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One night we made so many errors, but luckily we survived to tell about them!
It all started in Hondo, Texas after we picked up a car thief...then the action and errors really began!
I published this in a more direct, sanitized form for the Border Patrol, but this is the original work...
As an agent assigned to the interior Border Patrol Station of Pasco, Washington, a huge amount of my time was dedicated to the Sunnyside Police Department. A never ending flow of aliens illegally in the United States passed through the doors of their jail. I put holds on hundreds of people that had been arrested for everything from violent felonies to traffic violations. It soon became a game; once an alien was arrested for some insignificant traffic violations such as No Valid Operator's License, they would hurriedly try to post bail and be released before I could interview them and place a much more significant Immigration hold.
The true story that follows was predicated by one of those significant holds. I have changed the names of the defendants but everything else is correct. Exhaustive notes about the case and, about my hesitations allowed me to recreate this incident.
I arrived as a new Border Patrol Agent in Uvalde, Texas. I was as naive as anyone. One thing I hadn't been exposed to very much was Death. That would soon change as would-be immigrants faced life and death challenges on a daily basis...and often lost. Law Enforcement wasn't too far behind and soon I was exposed to several friends and colleagues who died...This is just a few of the memories that make me what I am today.
On Detail in Nogales, Arizona. I'm pretty sure I added a bit of humor to a very serious daily endeavor.
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