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Senior Patrol Agent John S. Blue | United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

Senior Patrol Agent

John S. Blue

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Thursday, October 4, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 12 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Aircraft accident

Location: Arizona

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Senior Patrol Agent John Blue and Pilot Fritz Karl were killed in an airplane accident near Tacna, Arizona, shortly after takeoff.

The two agents were on a patrol in the area and had stopped at an airport near Tacna to make ground contact with other agents. Shortly after takeoff the landing gear of the plane struck a 52-foot high power line, causing it to flip over and crash onto I-8.

Agent Blue had been with the agency for 12 years.

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Pilot Friedrich "Fritz" Karl
United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Thursday, October 4, 1973
Cause: Aircraft accident

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Good Day Ms. Blue,

First and foremost, we thank you and your family for all the sacrifices that have been made to keep our great nation safe. Your grandfather and the our many other fallen heroes will never be forgotten.

I was recently introduced to the Fallen Heroes Silent Partners program and have read all about the tragic aircraft accident. Are there a few additional personal facts you can share with me about my new silent partner (your grandfather)? It would sincerely be my pleasure to get to know my silent partner on more than a factual level.

For example, I am an avid sports fanatic and was wondering what kind of sports he liked? Did he ever mention what made him decide to become a BP officer or tell any memorable stories to you or your family?

God bless!

Linh Nguyen
DHS/CBP
October 10, 2017

 

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