Customs Agent Denis Lee Van Patten

Customs Agent Denis Lee Van Patten

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, December 22, 1980

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Denis Lee Van Patten

Customs Agent Denis Van Patten was killed in a vehicle crash while assigned as an attache to the United States Department of State in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Agent Van Patten was a veteran of both the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. He had served with the United States Customs Service for six years and was assigned to the United States Customs Service's Narcotics Control Division. He is survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Location Overseas

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Today, I announced your name as one of the fallen officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that our country will always remain safe and free. The ceremony was held at the HQ building of the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Washington, DC. Peace be with you brother, and may God bless your family and loved ones. Thank you.

Deportation Officer Vicente Carlos
DHS, ICE, HQ, Enforcement & Removal Operations

May 12, 2017

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