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Quarantine Guard Ira Trueman Hill | United States Department of Health and Human Services - Public Health Service, U.S. Government United States Department of Health and Human Services - Public Health Service, U.S. Government

Quarantine Guard

Ira Trueman Hill

United States Department of Health and Human Services - Public Health Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Sunday, June 1, 1919

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Age: 35

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Texas

Incident Date: 5/8/1919

Weapon: Not available

Offender: three killed and one wounded

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Quarantine Guard Ira Hill and Mounted Guard Charles Hopkins, of the United States Border Patrol, were shot and killed while patrolling the shoreline of the Rio Grand River with other mounted guards and health officers from the United States Public Health Service about seven miles from Laredo in Webb County, Texas.

The federal officers witnessed four Mexicans in a boat land on the American side of the border near where the officers were hiding in the chaparral brush. The other officers were about 15 feet away. When one of the officers called upon the men to halt, the suspects opened fire with rifles and revolvers. Mounted Guard Hopkins was hit with a bullet in the right side, exiting the left side of his back. Another officer shot the suspect who had mortally wounded Hopkins.

The other officers were involved in a gun battle with two suspects still, and fatally shot both. The fourth suspect was shot and killed while firing on officers from the water.

Quarantine Guard Hill died from his wounds on June 1, 1919. He was survived by his wife. He was buried in the Laredo City Cemetery.

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Mounted Guard Charles Lloyd Hopkins
United States Department of Labor - Immigration Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Friday, May 9, 1919
Cause: Gunfire

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Rest in Peace Officer Ira T. Hill. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of The USA.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Brothers in Arms. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the carcasses of your murderers as they burn in hell!

Amen.

Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
June 3, 2016

 

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