Trena Renee McLaughlin

Trena Renee McLaughlin  Age: 59  Tour:18 years  End of Watch: September 14, 2009

Trena Renee McLaughlin

Age: 59

Tour:18 years

End of Watch: September 14, 2009

Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Trena McLaughlin died as the result of Hepatitis C, which she had contracted after being stuck by a syringe while searching a vehicle.

On July 14, 1994, she was searching a vehicle at the Temecula Station in California when her hand came in contact with the hidden syringe. She tested positive for Hepatitis C in 1998 and medically retired from the Border Patrol in 2002. She passed as a result of the disease on September 14, 2009.

Agent McLaughlin had served with the United States Border Patrol for 18 years.

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Robert Wimer Rosas, Jr.

Robert Wimer Rosas, Jr.  Age: 30  Tour: 3 years  End of Watch: July 23, 2009

Robert Wimer Rosas, Jr.

Age: 30

Tour: 3 years

End of Watch: July 23, 2009

After a courageous battle, Robert passed away in the line of duty, while protecting the United States Borders on Thursday, July 23rd, 2009.

Robert was born and raised in Imperial Valley and graduated from Central Union High School and Imperial Valley College with an Associates Degree in Administration of Justice. His dream from a very young age was to become a law enforcement officer. There was never another option for him. He dedicated his life to serve our country. He enlisted as an El Centro Police Reserve. He then became a Correctional Officer at the age of 21 and worked at Centinela State Prison, until 2006 when he enlisted with United States Border Patrol.

Robert was a devoted father and loving husband. He loved coaching and playing baseball, spending quality time with his family and friends as well as working to ensure the safety of our country as a Border Patrol Agent. Robert touched the lives of many people with his smile, enthusiasm and his positive attitude. Robert will continue to radiate his love and strength even after his passing. He will never be forgotten for his courage and dignity.

Contributions may be made to: The Robert W. Rosas Memorial Fund at any Sun Community Federal Credit Union branch.

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Cruz C. McGuire

Cruz C. McGuire  Age: 47  Tour: 25 years  End of Watch: May 21, 2009

Cruz C. McGuire

Age: 47

Tour: 25 years

End of Watch: May 21, 2009

Agent Cruz McGuire suffered a fatal heart attack while on horse patrol, tracking illegal immigrants along a trail near Del Rio, Texas. Other agents and medical personnel attempted to revive him but were unsuccessful.

He had served with the Border Patrol for 25 years and had previously served with the Del Rio Police Department and Kinney County Sheriff's Office in Texas. The agent is survived by his son, two daughters, parents, and three siblings.

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Nathaniel A. Afolayan

Nathaniel A. Afolayan  Age: 29  Tour: 2 months, 2 weeks  End of Watch: May 1, 2009

Nathaniel A. Afolayan

Age: 29

Tour: 2 months, 2 weeks

End of Watch: May 1, 2009

Border Patrol Agent Nathaniel Afolayan passed away the day after collapsing at the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, New Mexico.

He had just completed the 1½-mile run portion of the physical techniques final exam when he collapsed.

He was flown to the Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas, where he passed away the following day.

Agent Afolayan had been sworn in as an agent at the beginning of the academy session in February and had served with the Border Patrol for 10 weeks. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, parents, and three siblings.

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