In Memoriam 2024

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Border Patrol Agent
Christopher Luna
U. S. Dept. of Homeland Security
U.S. Border Patrol, Texas
End of Watch Friday, March 8, 2024

Border Patrol Agent Chris Luna was killed in a helicopter crash along with two members of the New York National Guard in Starr County, Texas.

The New York National Guard UH-72 Lakota helicopter was supporting the Department of Homeland Security as part of Joint Task Force North. Agent Luna was onboard the military aircraft when it crashed just north of the Rio Grande River, approximately two miles southeast of La Grulla, Texas. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Casey Frankoski and Chief Warrant Officer 2 John Grassia were also killed in the crash, while a third service member was injured.

Agent Luna was survived by his wife, two children, parents, and brother.

Deputy Sheriff
Rondald Bates
Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Texas
End of Watch Saturday, February 10, 2024

Deputy Sheriff Rondald Bates was killed in a vehicle crash while en route to the Harris County jail at 10:00 p.m.

After finishing an overtime assignment, Deputy Bates was traveling on Travis Street when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree near Richmond Avenue in Houston. He was transported to the Ben Taub Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Deputy Bates had served with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for 31 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


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