ALPINE, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Crews with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations rescued one of their fellow law enforcement officers in need on Thursday.
Officials with CBP Air and Marine Operations say they were called to assist Brewster County Deputies who were chasing suspects believed to be smuggling marijuana.
During the search for the suspects, the CBP crew then called to assist a deputy who had been suffering from heat exhaustion during the chase, according to the release.
Crews members were able to land and later transport the deputy to the hospital for medical treatment. The deputy, according to the release, is now back at work.
“Our agents are the absolute best at what they do,” said William Gann, Acting Director, Air and Marine Operations, El Paso Air Branch. “Many of our aircrew members are also trained EMTs. Given the highly dynamic environment in which they operate, their ability to quickly transition from a law enforcement mission to a rescue mission is key to our operational success and to that of our partners.”
The AMO crews then returned to the search with the BCSO deputies. Together, they located four suspects carrying about 200 pounds of marijuana, the release reads.