Border Patrol Agent Ricardo Zarate

Border Patrol Agent Ricardo Zarate

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

End of Watch Monday, August 16, 2021

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Ricardo Zarate

Border Patrol Agent Ricardo Zarate died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty in the Rio Grande Valley Sector in Texas.

Agent Zarate had served with the United States Border Patrol for 12 years and was assigned to the McAllen Station.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge M469

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Location Texas
  • Incident Date Not available

communicable disease, COVID-19


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I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Border Patrol Agent Ricardo Zarate. I am truly sorry for your loss. The service and sacrifice of Agent Zarate will not be forgotten. I am praying for your comfort and peace.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs

September 9, 2021

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