Van Buren Border Patrol Agents save a life

VAN BUREN, ME—U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents assigned to the Van Buren Station helped save the life of an unresponsive elderly man on U.S. Route 1 just north of Van Buren.

A Van Buren agent encountered the man lying face down on the shoulder of the road March 29 and began performing CPR.  The man drifted in and out of consciousness, and was incoherent when he was awake.

A second Van Buren agent arrived on scene and continued speaking with the man to keep him conscious and alert.  When the man again became lifeless and unresponsive, the agents immediately began chest compressions until he regained consciousness and kept him awake until emergency professionals arrived and transported him to a local hospital. Agents at the Van Buren Station also located the man’s next of kin and informed them of the incident.

“This is an example of what the men and women of the United States Border Patrol do for their communities on a daily basis,” said Van Buren Station Patrol Agent in Charge Dale Carraturo.

“I’m very proud of the dedication and heroism the Houlton Sector agents display without hesitation day in and day out,” said Acting Chief Patrol Agent Jason Schneider.

The station is located in Aroostook County, in the northernmost Border Patrol station in Maine. Its area of responsibility covers 162.6 miles of international land and water boundaries with the Canadian Provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec, and 2,116 square miles of forests and rolling hills.