Engraving Continues, U.S. Border Patrol Agents Engraved, Deputy Chief Stands Watch

U.S. Border Patrol Deputy Chief Ronald Colburn, accompanied by several other Border Patrol agents, attended the engraving of Senior Patrol Agent Luis Alberto Aguilar and Border Patrol Agent Jarod C. Dittman at 11 a.m. (EDT) today.

An Academy class from the Prince George’s County Police Department, who happened to be there on a special trip to the Memorial to recognize Prince George’s County officers killed in the line of duty, joined the Border Patrol agents in standing watch as the names of Senior Agent Aguilar and Agent Dittman were engraved into the Memorial.

Deputy Chief Colburn said a few words before the engraving took place, speaking eloquently about the importance of serving America through law enforcement and the legacy that both agents left behind. He also made a special note of the danger one faces when becoming an officer, impressing the significance of this fact on the recruit officers, commenting that they may one day face the loss of one of their fellow classmates.

Senior Agent Aguilar and Agent Dittman are two of 387 officers whose names are being engraved in the Memorial walls in a two-week process that started this past Tuesday, April 21, preparing for National Police Week in May.

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