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Border Patrol Agent David Tourscher

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

End of Watch Friday, March 16, 2007

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Reflections for Border Patrol Agent David Tourscher

Dear Family, Friends, and Co-Workers of Border Patrol Agent David Tourscher,

We are so sorry to here about your tragic loss of David. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in support during this very difficult time. We know that sometimes there is little comfort that comes from words. Keep focused as you can on the memories and joyous times for these things may bring you comfort. Rely heavily on family, friends, and other law enforcement for support. Honor your fallen loved one, for their sacrifice will not be forgotten. Border Patrol Agent David Tourscher is a hero.


Alissa Scott
Widow of Beryl Wayne Scott
E.O.W. 09-10-02

Lisa Schultz
Widow of Don Schultz
E.O.W. 05-12-04

April 27, 2007

David Tourshcer, of Springfield, Delaware County died tragically while on Border Patrol duty in Lordsburg, New Mexico on March 16th, 2007. His mother, Jeannie Tourscher, is a close friend of mine.

On Monday evening, March 26th, there was time to spend with the family at the funeral home. When I arrived, there were Border Patrol vehicles everywhere and many Patrol men and women waiting in line to convey their condolences. They were somber, respectful and filled with such compassion for David’s family, Jeannie, Gary, Sara and Lee. To say that I was impressed is an understatement.

Then I realized, considering that I live in Pennsylvania, I had never seen a Border Patrol uniform except in a picture of David after he had graduated from the Academy. I met a few of them and asked where they were from. They came from all over the United States and they drove. It was that important for them to be with David’s family and to pay tribute to David as a fellow officer.

On Tuesday morning, there was a Funeral Mass at St. Kevin’s Roman Catholic Church in Springfield. Border Patrol personnel, U.S. Customs officials and Springfield Township police officers filled almost half of the church. Also, they were a vital part of the magnificent ceremony on the lawn after the service.

I can only guess how difficult it must be protecting our borders. What I felt so strongly was a softness, a gentleness from this marvelous group of men and women. In addition, there was a feeling of their silent strength. It was almost palpable. I felt so proud to be an American.

I had this need to say thank you to them. I believe their thanks in return was their appreciation for being recognized for who they are and what they do. Also, in addition to being there for David’s family, they paid their respects to the family’s friends and relatives. Until David joined the border patrol in June of 2006, I had never thought personally about the men and women who patrol our borders. They are first-rate and deserve our deepest respect and gratitude.


Mary Anne Regan
Radnor, PA.

Mary Anne Regan
friend of family

April 15, 2007

Dave,thanks for the great memories and your remarkable sense of humor. I still tell the story of when we both walked out of Swiss Farms together. Rest well,Dave.

Rob Bennett

April 10, 2007

David was a wonderful young man who brought joy and companionship to the older people he cared for while he worked with Surrey Services for Seniors. Those of us who worked with him shared his excitement about his future career which has been so tragically brief. We share the tears of his friends and family. Kathy Herling, Caroline Metz and his co-workers at Surrey.

Surrey Services for Seniors

April 9, 2007

I will always look into the sky at night and know you are one of those stars looking over everyone. You have always been such an amazing person with so much love to share. I will always carry you in my heart and memories. I love you very much.

Anna Hahn
Childhood Friend

April 7, 2007

You were like a brother to me through the Academy. If it wasn't for your help with studying and your friendship, I probably wouldn't be an Agent today. I will forever cherish the memories from the Academy and the times you came to El Paso to visit. You will never be forgotten! To your family, all of you are awesome. I hate that it took this travesty to introduce me to you all, but I am really glad I was able to meet you all.

Agent Brian Collier
U.S. Border Patrol (class 625)

April 1, 2007

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country and to the Patrol. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Mike Casey

Michael Casey
U.S. Border Patrol

March 28, 2007

To the Tourscher family:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. We expect to lose our parents and siblings, but never our children. We are very sorry and understanding for your loss of David. Although we did not know him, we know in our hearts he was a wonderful young man. May peace be with you all in this time of sorrow.


Matthew (Sabold School Student)and Mares Stellfox

Matthew and Mares Stellfox
acquaintance of Jeannie Tourscher (mother)

March 28, 2007

I have known Dave since the first grade all the way to our graduation. His mother was my art teacher. He is in every one of my year books. I learned today of his passing from the front of the Daily Times. Yesterday, I passed by the church while his funeral was in procession, not knowing it was him people were there for. I wondered why police and men and women in olive colored suits were there. For some reason, while waiting in the car in front of the church for the light to change, I couldn't help not to notice how many people from different patrols were there to pay their respects. As I looked on in the crowded parking lot of the church, I felt the light I was waiting for didn't want to change. For some reason, I couldn't understand why I felt so affected by this and slowly began to cry. I now know my reason for being there at that time of day , it was for Dave. Dave you will be truely missed, may you rest in peace.

Carolyn Amelio

March 28, 2007

Mr. and Mrs. Tourscher and family,
I am so sorry for your loss and I hope that your memories of David provide you some comfort now.

Delaware County, PA resident

March 28, 2007

David, rest in peace. I will always remember you as a truly nice, caring human being. I am and always was struck by your sincerity and will miss you.

Sarah Kadis

March 27, 2007

Thank you Agent Tourscher for you service to God, family and country. Rest in peace as those who follow in your footsteps will continue your work. This country is a better place for you having served.

Kevin Pope, Patriot Guard Rider
USAF Security Police 1980-84

March 27, 2007

Rest in Peace Agent...

Genesee County, Michigan

March 26, 2007

Agent Tourscher
Thank you for your service in patroling our borders. May your family find peace in knowing that others are lifting them up in prayer. and in knowing you will forever be remembered in our hearts,,Hero's never die..May you rest in peace in the arms of God. Mother-in-law of: Sgt. jeffrey T. Hewitt EOW 04-04-04 Carolyn Moore Asheville, N.C.

Carolyn Moore

March 26, 2007

"May Angels Lead You In"

Tourscher Family,

Please know that Dave was an amazing friend to all of us. He was always there trying to get all of us together again, like high school the good old days. He was such an honest person with a huge heart. He was smart, loving, trustworthy, dependable, fun, outgoing, and so much more. The loss of our friend, a person so unique, so irreplaceable is devastating and all of you are in all of our thoughts and prayers.


March 25, 2007

Rest In Peace Brother.

senior deputy gavin price(retired)
escambia co fl. s/o

March 25, 2007

I will always remember you, Lee and Sara playing with my boys at your Mom Mom's house. Thank you for touching our hearts with your kindness and generosity. You will never be forgotten! You will forever live in our hearts!
Michele, Steve, Robb, Nick, Stephen and Michael

Michele Venuti and family

March 24, 2007

To the friends and family of Agent Tourscher, my prayers are with you all and may God Bless David and his family during these difficult times. Rest in peace.

Officer Leary
United States Park Police

March 24, 2007

thank you for your services.god bless and r.i.p.

fairfield county s-o lancaster,ohio

March 24, 2007

Agent Tourscher may you rest in peace brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You are a true hero that made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our borders. You will not be forgotten.

Deputy Sheriff Jason Schneider
Lucas County Sheriff Office Toledo Ohio

March 24, 2007

God bless you and your family. May you rest in peace.

HPD Wife
Houston Police Dept

March 23, 2007

Rest in peace my fellow brother in green....

Border Patrol Agent
U.S. Border Patrol

March 23, 2007

You are in my prayers.

Ofc. S.L. Coffman #15174
California Highway Patrol

March 23, 2007

Rest in Peace, You will not be forgotten.

Nick Gould
United States Department of Homeland Security - US Coast Guard

March 23, 2007

Our deepest condolences go out to the parents and family of Border Patrol Agent David Tourscher. We have also lost a loved one in this tragic accident. There are no words to comfort such a loss but know that we keep David and you in our prayers. We know that extraordinary men like your son and my brother are always welcomed and needed in Heaven. May God bless you and all those who were close to David. Rest in peace David.

Viridiana Nevarez

Viridiana Nevarez
Sister of BPA Ramon Nevarez Jr.

March 23, 2007

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