Border Patrol Agent Jesus A. de la Ossa

Border Patrol Agent Jesus A. de la Ossa

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

End of Watch Tuesday, October 20, 1998

Jesus A. de la Ossa

Border Patrol Agent Jesus de la Ossa and Border Patrol Agent Thomas Williams were killed when their vehicle was involved in a head on collision on a rain slicked road.

The two agents were returning to San Diego, where they were stationed, from a federal training center in Artesia, New Mexico, when the accident occurred. The accident took place on Highway 82 in New Mexico. The driver of the other vehicle was also killed.

Agent de la Ossa was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the United States Border Patrol for five years. He is survived by his wife, three sons, and parents.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Location New Mexico

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While serving as Security Policemen in the USAF , Jesse and I were stationed together at Osan AB, South Korea, and again at March AFB, Ca. Jesse had an infectious personality that made people want to hang around him. We laughed together so many times until we were wiping the tears away. Anytime we had the rare occasion of being assigned to a patrol together, we knew we were in for a fun night of mischief and laughs.

While at March AFB, Ca, Jesse and I both volunteered for the Giant Sword Weapons Loading competition in the summer of 1987. It took us off the flight line and allowed us to train for the competition for 3-4 months. During this time, our team ran 5 miles every morning at 6am. Jessie and I always ran next to each other so we could make each other laugh to break up the monotony of the hot, long run. It's a testament to Jessie's dedication and work ethic that he volunteered for this competition, when he could have just stayed on the flight line in an air conditioned vehicle on patrol.

I remember Jessie working many hours at the local Circle K convenient store just outside March AFB in order to earn even more income for his family than what his USAF check would provide. That's the type of man Jesse was, even at just 22 years old at the time.

Jesse's sons; Your father was a very kind, humble man. He always had a smile on his face, a twinkle in his eye, and a true heart of gold. He and I had a lot of laughs together, but I always knew that he was responsible, dependable, and that he had my back in any situation, especially on patrol. It saddens me that you only got to spend such a short period of your lives with him. Be at peace knowing that your father was admired and loved by so many. I'm proud to have known him and to have called him friend!

Sgt. Paul A. Locher
USAF Security Police

April 18, 2018

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