WASHINGTON — Fallen U.S. Border Patrol Agent Robert W. Rosas, who was killed eight months ago in the line of duty, will receive posthumous recognition for the highest honor that is bestowed upon a U.S. Border Patrol agent for acts of bravery or heroism.
Agent Rosas has been named as the recipient of the Newton-Azrak Award, which will be presented at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s 2009 Commissioner’s Awards Ceremony on March 26 in Washington D.C.
On July 23, 2009, Agent Rosas was murdered in the line of duty while patrolling the international border in Campo, California.
Acting Chief Patrol Agent Richard Barlow, of the U.S. Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector, said, “Without a shred of doubt, Agent Rosas answered the call of duty by selflessly dedicating his life to protect our nation. His courageous sacrifice is clearly reflected by this tremendous honor.”
The Newton-Azrak Award is named after Border Patrol Inspectors Theodore L. Newton, Jr. and George F. Azrak, who were both murdered by a group of drug smugglers on June 17, 1967, in Oak Grove, Calif.