Edinburg, Texas– The United States Border Patrol’s (USBP) Missing Migrant Program (MMP) is celebrating the successful rescue of two Honduran brothers—the first such rescues that come as a direct result of the 911 locator signs being posted across the Rio Grande Valley.  These are the first two lives saved by the placement of the signs since the MMP kicked off the program.

On the night of July 31st, the brothers, 25 and 27, were walking along a fenceline in the Falfurrias Station’s area of operations when they realized that they were in trouble because of a lack of water and sweltering temperatures that were above 100°F during the day, but still hovered above 90°F after sundown.  The pair saw one of the nearly 100 locator signs that have been placed by the MMP within the last few weeks, and that prompted them to call 911, an emergency number different from the three emergency numbers in their native Honduras (195 or 378654 for EMS, 198 for fire, and 119 for police).  Within moments, an emergency dispatcher was able to pull up their location and provide it to USBP Mobile Response Team agents who found the brothers within approximately an hour of the initial call for help. They took water but declined further medical attention.

“These are exactly the sorts of stories we were hoping to be able to tell when we started posting these signs last month,” said Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr.  “We’re placing the signs almost as fast as we can get them made, and we have a lot of ground yet to cover, but this is certainly an encouraging start.”

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious or dangerous activity to the Rio Grande Valley Operations Center at 800-863-9382, its new international number at 001-880-863-9382, and through the WhatsApp messaging service at 1-956-295-0887.  

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