Special Agent John Gilberto Orellana

Special Agent John Gilberto Orellana

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

End of Watch Thursday, January 29, 1998

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John Gilberto Orellana

Special Agent John Orellana was killed in a vehicle crash while responding to back up a United States Border Patrol agent who was chasing several illegal aliens in Imperial County, California.

As Agent Orellana was responding to the call his vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer at the intersection of California State Routes 86 and 22, in Salton City. Agent Orellana had been temporarily assigned to the area due to a dramatic increase in illegal alien smuggling.

Agent Orellana had served with the Immigration and Naturalization Service for 23 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Location California

emergency response

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Agent Orellana,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

a fellow Immigration Officer

United States Border Patrol

January 29, 2023

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