A couple of U.S. Border Patrol agents are being hailed as heroes after saving an American boy’s life in a drastic and unusual way.
On Monday at around 8:30 p.m., a four-year-old U.S. citizen was hit by a car while visiting family just south of the international border in Jacume, Mexico, near the border fence in the far East County.
According to Border Patrol, the San Diego Sector Border Patrol’s International Liaison Unit requested assistance from agents assigned to the Boulevard Border Patrol Station to help the child.
Through the fence, agents Paul Carr and David Gonzales could see the young boy was seriously injured.
In a drastic effort to save the child’s life, the agents instructed the boy’s family to lift the child over the fence so they could save him.
"It would waste too much time taking him all the way east to Tecate, especially on the southside in Mexico, takes a lot longer," explained Carr.
In situations like this one, Border Patrol agents have the authority to do this.
And, according to Carr and Gonzales, it was the only way they could bring the boy into the U.S. quickly enough to save his life.
“It was a dire situation. The kid was non-responsive,” said Gonzales.
Border Patrol said the child was in critical condition and a Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technician performed life-saving techniques for 40 minutes on the child until paramedics arrived.
"It's by far one of the most memorable moments of my career to know that the actions you took could have saved the child's life," said Gonzales.
The young boy was then airlifted to a local hospital, where he is in serious but stable condition.
The child’s father said the entire family is so grateful for the Border Patrol agents’ quick thinking and what they did for his son.