9 On Your Side Border Watch
Brian A Terry Border Patrol Station will house agents, Terry's legacy
Naco station will have life-sized bronze statue of Terry
Reporter: Claire Doan
NACO, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) – Hundreds of people gathered at the new Border Patrol station in Naco Tuesday for its grand opening in honor of fallen Agent Brian Terry. They remembered his bravery, service and dedication.
The naming of the now “Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station” is a solemn salute to Terry, whose life, death and memory has reverberated across the nation.
“We are here today together in this cause honor a fine Border Patrol agent and the mission to which he swore in oath,” said Chief Patrol Agent Richard Barlow during the Tuesday ceremony.
Together, family, friends and colleagues remembered the schoolboy who refused to go to recess until all the paste containers in the classroom were properly sealed; the man who proudly served in the Marine Corp. and as a police officer; and the Border Patrol Agent who died defending his country.
“He’s a hero now – among Border Patrol, and of the people of the United States and we’re very humbled by that and very honored,” said Robert Heyer, the Terry family spokesperson.
The bittersweet ceremony marked an abrupt end to an accomplished life and the start of Terry’s legacy.
“This station here with his name on it and in the near future – to have a statue of him at the entrance – is a memory that will never go away of who this young man was, his patriotism, his courage, his heroism,” said U.S. Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.)
Although Terry was a hero whose death is surrounded by questions, but whose accomplishments are now more tangible than ever.
“Brian was an amazing agent. He was somebody with a bright future, but also with a past of contributing to his country, so it’s very fitting that he have the special honor ofhaving a Border Patrol station named after him,” said U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).
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