Designates the United States Border Patrol station located at 2136 South Naco Highway in Bisbee, Arizona, as the "Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station"
On December 14, 2010, Border Patrol Agents William Castano, Gabriel Fragoza, Timothy Keller, and Brian Terry demonstrated extreme bravery while facing a lethal threat from a superior number of armed subjects suspected of trafficking drugs in the area. All four agents were operating as members of a small four-man rural assault element tasked with interdicting armed suspects operating west of the town of Rio Rico, Arizona.
This four-man element had occupied a remote interdiction site consisting of rugged, steep, and difficult terrain for a period of 48 hours without relief. At approximately 11:00 p.m. the team was alerted to at least five suspects moving into the interdiction zone. Without regard for individual safety, the small team maneuvered into a position to interdict and apprehend the five individuals passing directly in front of them. As the agents identified themselves, suddenly and without warning, the subjects opened fire on them. Placing themselves at great risk of serious physical injury or death, all four agents bravely stood their ground in an attempt to provide vital protection for their teammates.
During the short and horrific gun battle, Agent Brian Terry sustained a fatal injury. Realizing that Agent Terry had been injured, the team, without hesitation, continued to selflessly place themselves in harm's way by attempting to provide life saving techniques for Agent Terry and providing perimeter security preventing the assailants from maneuvering on their position. One of the suspects was wounded during the incident and was ultimately taken into custody. Border Patrol Agents William Castano, Gabriel Fragoza, Timothy Keller, and Brian Terry's selfless sacrifice and dedication to the Border Patrol mission and their fellow teammates is exemplary of actions above and beyond the call of duty.
This annual award is the United States Border Patrol's highest honor that can be bestowed upon its recipients for acts of bravery or heroism. It serves as a reminder of the dangers and sacrifices demanded of the men and women who protect our Nation's borders. Consideration for eligibility to receive this award is based on the following criteria: exercise of unusual courage or bravery in the line of duty and/or a heroic or humane act during times of extreme stress or in an emergency.
Sharyl Attkisson, a Washington DC based correspondent for CBS News, is honored for her tireless efforts to bring the tragedy of ATF's Operation Fast and Furious to a national audience. Her reporting won the CBS Evening News the Radio and Television News Directors Association's National Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Video Investigative Reporting. Ms. Attkisson's outstanding reporting is not limited to operation Fast and Furious. She has also distinguished herself in reporting on the embassy attack in Benghazi despite attempts made by the Obama administration to deny her access to records and materials. Because of this persistence and determination Ms. Attkisson is the recipient of the Brian A Terry Courage in Journalism and Reporting Award.
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has inspired a nation. Her courageous recovery after an assassination attempt in January 2011 demonstrated her intrepid spirit and determination. She has served in Congress and the Arizona Legislature and has she has devoted her life to public service. And despite the challenges involved in her recovery, she continues to do so. While in congress Giffords worked to secure passage of the August 2010 bill to fund more Border Patrol agents and surveillance technology for Arizona's border with Mexico. Because of her indomitable spirit Ms. Giffords is the recipient of the Brian A Terry Courage and Heroism in the Community Award.
Sue Krentz and her late husband, Robert Krentz, grew up in Douglas, Arizona and lived on a ranch that had been in Robert's family since 1907. In March of 2010, Robert was shot and killed in a remote area of his ranch. It's believed Robert Krentz was killed by illegal immigrants working for a Mexican drug cartel. Despite this tragedy, Sue Krentz continues to live at the ranch that is her family's legacy while at the time advocating for border security. She exemplifies the spirit of Arizona ranchers, many of whom live with the perils of operating close to the border with Mexico. For these reasons Ms. Krentz is the recipient of the Brian A Terry Profiles in Courage Award.