Supervisory Border Patrol Agent, CBP
Agent Hector Regalado serves as the Supervisory Border Patrol Agent, Resident Agent, in Karlstad, Minnesota. Together with his team, Agent Regalado works within the local community to engage residents, students and local law enforcement – something Regalado’s colleagues say he goes above and beyond to execute.
On October 2, 2012, a wildfire started in an old farm field in the Southwest area of Karlstad. With dry conditions and wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour that day, it didn’t take much for the fire to quickly spread through the field and to the edge of town.
Agent Regalado and two of his fellow agents quickly coordinated law enforcement response in the area, which included ten different fire crews from across Minnesota, as the fire eventually surrounded the town on all four sides. He directed law enforcement officials to the necessary areas, as well as helped to evacuate the entire town – including residents in a retirement home and an elderly living facility – and secured the perimeter so the Department of Natural Resources and other fire officials could safely work to put out the fire. Agent Regalado’s leadership was critical in the response to and recovery from this devastating wildfire, all while his own home was directly in the path of the fire.
In addition to the regular duties of a CBP Resident Agent, Regalado manages the CBP Explorer Program in Karlstad – a mentoring program offering opportunities in character building, good citizenship, and fitness, and diverse learning opportunities, such as basic law enforcement and a CBP “mini-academy” for young men and women ages 14 through 18.
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.