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Officer Darrell Jean Windhaus | United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - Office of Field Operations, U.S. Government United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - Office of Field Operations, U.S. Government

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Darrell Jean Windhaus

United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - Office of Field Operations, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Sunday, December 29, 2013

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 71

Tour: 42 years

Badge # INDIA-7458

Military veteran

Cause: Heart attack

Location: Texas

Incident Date: 12/29/2013

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Officer Darrell Windhaus suffered a fatal heart attack at the Brownsville Seaport, in Brownsville, Texas, after boarding a ship to conduct an inspection.

He collapsed on the deck after climbing a 100-foot ladder to board the oil tanker M/T Chemtrans Sky. Paramedics immediately responded to the scene, but were unable to revive him.

Officer Windhaus was a military veteran and had served with the United States Customs and Border Protection, as well as its predecessor the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, for 42 years. He is survived by his daughter, sister, and brother.

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Darrell died..

To Darrell's family, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Officer Windhaus gave to his community and the citizens of our country, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on December 29, 2013.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
April 2, 2014

 

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