Pictured: Freer Border Patrol Agent Judith Sepulveda shows off several items from her bag, including kevlar gloves she often uses as she conducts day-to-day searches. Photo by MAURICIO JULIAN CUELLAR JR.

Agents also make presentation for Red Ribbon Week

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

Thanks to the efforts of the Falfurrias Border Patrol station, St. Joseph Catholic School received 30 laptops on Wednesday to be used to further advance the education of its students.

Falfurrias Border patrol Station Agent Sammy Posada was instrumental in securing the computer equipment for the school.

Besides the need for such technology, Posada has a special connection with the campus, since his daughter attends K-3 there.

The Border Patrol reaches out to communities in various ways.

Donating equipment is one way of achieving good community relations and enhancing the future education of our country's children, the Border Patrol said in a press release.

St. Joseph Student Council President Victoria Figueroa stood before her classmates and the Border Patrol Agents to say how thankful the students were for the donation.

"We'd like to thank you for the contribution of 30 laptop computers," Figueroa said. "May God continue to bless you for all your hard work."

Also on hand were Agents Judith Sepulveda and David Beach with the Freer Border Patrol station, to conduct a Red Ribbon Week presentation for the students.

Red Ribbon Week, which runs through the rest of this week and into next week, is a time for students to recognize the dangers of drug use through the lessons of law enforcement agencies across the country.

Agent Sepulveda presented the equipment agents use in the field while searching for illegal immigrants and making drug seizures.

Students had a change to put on the agent's body armor, use her flashlight and wear kevlar gloves.

Sepulveda also brought out her other partner, Rudy, who is a drug dog with the U.S. Border Patrol. She explained that Rudy is a "sniffer" dog, who uses his nose to help the agents conduct their work in the field. Rudy has an extra long leash, so he can search far ahead of the agents for people who may be hiding.

Sepulveda said Rudy is a gentle dog and is well behaved. When Rudy finds a person, or finds drugs, he sits down and waits for Sepulveda to check on his find. Rudy, she said, loves his work, and afterward, loves to play. She said just like people who work every day and get paid money; Rudy does his work every day and is paid in play time with his favorite toys.

The students laughed as Rudy found one of his toys in a patrol bag, as part of a mock search. Rudy was very reluctant to let go of his toy, as he tossed his head around as Sepulveda attempted to dislodge the small toy from Rudy's mouth. In the end, though, Rudy recognized play time was over and let go of the toy in his mouth.