The mission of Border Patrol Foundation (BPF) is to honor the memory of fallen U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents and provide support and resources to the families. BPF provides support to Border Patrol employees, USBP agents and their families for on- and off-duty deaths, injuries, illnesses, family medical emergencies, special circumstances and student scholarships.
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January 17, 2002
On Thursday, January 17, 2002, at 12:08 a.m., Border Patrol Agent Eloy Hernandez was killed in an automobile accident while on patrol near Progesso, Texas. He was rounding a curve on a gravel road when his vehicle rolled over twice. A fellow Border Patrol agent located the wreck. Agent Hernandez was flown to a local hospital but had already succumbed to his injuries.
Agent Hernandez had been with the Border Patrol for over three years and was assigned to the Mercedes, Texas Station. He was a native of Mercedes, Texas. He was a graduate of the 367 session of the Border Patrol Academy at Glynco, Georgia, and was assigned to the Weslaco Station at the time of his death.