End of Watch
October 25, 2002
Senior Patrol Agent Catherine M. Hill, age 37, was performing patrol duties in the Tijuana River Valley (Smuggler's Canyon area) early in the morning on Friday, October 25, 2002, when her vehicle rolled down the edge of a 40-foot cliff. She died at the scene.
Agent Hill was a graduate of the 419th session of the U.S. Border Patrol Academy and was assigned to the Imperial Beach Station at the time of her death. Known for her outgoing and community-oriented personality, she was an advisor for Border Patrol Explorer Post #1924 and a member of the San Diego Sector's Peer Support Team.