Event: Fourth Annual Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas Memorial Relay Run from Campo, California to El Centro, California
Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 – Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.
Location: Shockey Truck Trail near the border road just north of the international border fence in Campo.
Starting Point: Link
Ending Point: Link
Purpose: To honor the tragic loss of Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas, who was gunned down and murdered by several men in an isolated area of Campo, Calif., near the international border fence while conducting patrol duties on the evening of July 23, 2009.
Contacts: San Diego Sector Border Patrol Agent Gutierrez (starting point)
El Centro Sector Border Patrol Agents Dribnak and Peng (ending point)
Agent Robert Rosas, of the Campo, Calif., Border Patrol Station, died in the line of duty on the night of July 23, 2009. On Tuesday, July 23, shortly before sunset, a 68-mile memorial border relay run will take place in honor of Agent Robert Rosas. The relay will start from the location of Robert’s memorial cross near the border fence in Campo, Calif., and will end at his gravesite in his hometown of El Centro, California. San Diego Sector Border Patrol participants will run twenty-two, 2.55 mile legs throughout the night to complete the 68-mile relay that memorializes Robert’s former call sign, 255.
Agent Rosas was born and raised in El Centro, Calif., and he often was referred to as the “Mayor of El Centro,” due to his popularity and his friendly, witty demeanor. He graduated from Central Union High School, where he met his wife, Rosalie. Prior to becoming a Border Patrol agent, he worked as a corrections officer for six years at Centinela State Prison, in addition to serving two years as a reserve police officer for the El Centro Police Department. Agent Rosas began his career with the U.S. Border Patrol on May 22, 2006, as a member of the 621st Session at the Border Patrol Academy.
On the night July 23, 2009, while patrolling near Campo, CA Agent Rosas responded to suspicious activity in an area notorious for alien and drug smuggling when he was shot and killed by unidentified assailants. A joint investigation, to include the cooperation and assistance of the Government of Mexico, led to the identification and arrest of four subjects who were subsequently extradited to the United States to face justice. To date, three of the assailants have pled guilty and the fourth remains in custody pending a September trial date.
The murder of Agent Rosas resulted in the loss of a loving husband and father who had two young children.
Agent Rosas’ dedication to duty, country, and his family shall never be forgotten.