Customs Agent Denis Lee Van Patten

Customs Agent Denis Lee Van Patten

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

End of Watch Monday, December 22, 1980

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 U.S. Army veteran. He was assigned to the United States Customs Service's Narcotics Control Division.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Location Overseas
  • Incident Date Not available

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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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