The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office has reported the tragic death of 44-year-old Border Patrol Agent Freddy Ortiz on Tuesday.
He was operating an ATV vehicle in the border town of Douglas, Arizona while responding to a call reporting suspected illegal aliens when his vehicle left the roadway and collided with a light pole.
After being taken to Copper Queen Hospital he was pronounced dead.
Yesterday, time ended for a true hero. A United States Border Patrol Agent who died in the line of duty. Say a prayer for Freddy Ortiz and his family. May God grant him rest in eternal peace. Prayers for his soul and all his co-workers in Douglas, Arizona. pic.twitter.com/7rD7R3HeCL
— Randy Clark (@RandyClarkBBTX) November 16, 2023
Chief Patrol Agent for Tucson Sector John Modlin paid his respects to Ortiz in a solemn statement:
“U.S. Border Patrol Agent Freddy Ortiz’s on-duty death is a tragedy and a stark reminder of the dangerous nature of our mission,” he wrote.
“I am grateful for all the Border Patrol Agents, first responders, and medical staff who attempted to save his life.”
“My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and loved ones.”
Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels also expressed his condolences.
“It is an incredibly sad day for our brothers and sisters in Border Patrol and we have only the highest level of respect for the job these brave souls do every single day.
“God bless all of those in his work family and his home family, and know we are here if you need us.”
Earlier this week in Cochise County, Border Patrol Agent Freddy Ortiz gave everything while defending and protecting our country.
We are forever grateful for his service and sacrifice. May we honor his memory. https://t.co/8vgKHsaMSu
— Juan Ciscomani (@JuanCiscomani) November 16, 2023
Ortiz was a 13-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol and United States Navy, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather.