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Hero Down: U.S. Border Patrol Agent Daniel Salazar Killed In Crash

Campos, CA – United States Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol Agent Daniel Salazar died in the line of duty on May 13 after he was involved in a single-vehicle rollover crash.

The 40-year-old agent was responding to investigate a sensor that had been triggered near the U.S.-Mexico border when he crashed on Bell Valley Truck Trail between Potrero and Campo, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

It is unclear what time the crash occurred.

According to the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office, a fellow Border Patrol agent found the overturned SUV “in the middle of an embankment with the lights on” at approximately 5:30 a.m. on May 13, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

The agent radioed for help shortly before a second agent located Agent Salazar “lying unresponsive on the ground” next to the mangled wreckage of his patrol unit, the medical examiner’s report said.

The exact cause of the collision has not been released.

The medical examiner determined Agent Salazar died from multiple blunt-force injuries caused by the crash, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke said Agent Salazar “died while performing his duty, protecting our great Nation, and keeping our communities safe.”

“Our prayers go out to his family during this difficult time,” Chief Heitke said.

Agent Salazar joined the U.S. Border Patrol in June of 2018 and was assigned to the San Diego Sector, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

He leaves behind his wife and his young son.

Agent Salazar is also survived by his parents and three siblings.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of United States Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol Agent Daniel Salazar, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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