Jul 3, 2014 5:44 AM
FRONTON, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector assisted the fire departments of Starr County and Roma in fighting a brush fire and evacuating families from their homes Tuesday.
Agents were working in the area when they noticed a fire near some homes. They immediately called the Starr County Fire Department to report the blaze. When the fire department arrived, they asked agents for help in evacuating residents due to the threat of fire to homes in the area.
Additionally, agents took action and grabbed several hoses to assist in controlling the brush fire that was spreading rapidly due to strong winds.
The Starr County Sheriff's Office and Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers as well as the La Rosita and Salineño fire departments also arrived to assist.
Within about an hour and a half, the blaze was brought under control and all Fronton residents, who were evacuated, returned safely to their homes.
"Although fighting fires is not a typical duty of Border Patrol agents, they are well-trained and equipped to protect this nation and its communities from all threats," Chief Patrol Agent Kevin Oaks said. "I commend these agents and our local emergency response partners for going above and beyond the call of duty to prevent the loss of life and property."
The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the sector's toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.
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