Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today traveled to Arizona where she was joined by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Deputy Commissioner David V. Aguilar and CBP Commander of Arizona Joint Field Command Jeffrey Self to express their condolences to the family of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas J. Ivie.
"I am deeply saddened by the death of our fallen colleague; this tragedy reminds us of the risks our men and women confront, the dangers they willingly undertake, while protecting our nation's borders," said Secretary Napolitano. "Together, we stand in solidarity with their families and friends, and pray for the continued safety of all who serve our country."
Secretary Napolitano, Deputy Commissioner Aguilar and Commander Self also met with federal, state and local law enforcement officials at the Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station in Bisbee for a briefing on the ongoing investigation, and surveyed the U.S.-Mexico border at Naco where the incident occurred.
Agent Ivie, 30, was killed after he and two other agents responded to a border sensor alert near mile-marker 352 on Highway 80. Agent Ivie was a native of Provo, Utah and joined the U.S. Border Patrol in January, 2008.
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