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Jose Martinez, CBP

Border Patrol Agent, CBP
Wellesley Island, N.Y.

In August 2010, Border Patrol Agent Jose Martinez was on patrol at his station in Wellesley Island, New York when he received an urgent request for assistance from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

A man had shot his wife multiple times with an assault rifle, leaving her critically wounded in the hallway of an apartment building. Two Jefferson County officers had attempted to rescue the woman but were forced to retreat when the man threatened them at gunpoint from the doorway of his apartment.

With the shooter still posing a threat, Agent Martinez volunteered to attempt to rescue the woman. With two deputies, Martinez approached the building. As one deputy covered them, Martinez and the other deputy entered the immediate danger area, grabbed the motionless woman and transported her to safety and a waiting ambulance. The woman suffered sustained injuries from the shooting, but survived.

Agent Martinez remained at the scene to assist the local agencies with perimeter security while negotiators attempted to talk the now barricaded assailant out of the building. The subject surrendered without further incident several hours later. He was indicted on counts of attempted murder second degree, assault first degree, criminal use of a firearm first degree and criminal possession of a weapon second degree on June 30, 2011.

Prior to joining the Border Patrol, Agent Martinez served for seven years as a tank crewman and a medic in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant. In 2010, he received the Border Patrol’s Newton-Azrak Award for Heroism, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon the members of the Border Patrol, for demonstration of unusual courage or bravery in the line of duty. He has served as a Border Patrol Agent for four years.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the largest uniformed, federal law enforcement agency in the country. As the guardians of America’s borders, CBP is responsible for securing America’s borders against threats while facilitating legal travel, trade, and immigration.

Last Published Date: July 12, 2012
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