Fallen Heroes Honored by US Border Patrol


By: Jim Kouri, CPP

Each year on May 15, the National Association of Chiefs of Police, the American Federation of Police, the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum, and other police-related organizations honor federal, state and local law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice when they were killed in the line-of-duty.This story highlights a recent ceremony held by the US Customs & Border Protection bureau that honored Border Patrol agents murdered at the US-Mexican border.

In a historic event on Friday, the Murrieta Border Patrol Station was officially renamed in honor of two Border Patrol Inspectors who were killed in the line of duty nearly 41 years ago.

The station is now officially designated as the Theodore L. Newton, Jr. and George F. Azrak Border Patrol Station, which is the first and only Border Patrol Station in the county to be named in someone’s honor.

The dedication ceremony was made possible by HR 2728, which was legislation passed by Congress on June 24, 2008 and later signed into law by former President Bush on July 15, 2008. Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), who attended Friday’s dedication ceremony, was the sponsor of the bill.

Last month, the Murrieta City Council also voted to rename a road adjacent to the station as Newton-Azrak Street.

On June 17, 1967, Border Patrol Inspectors Theodore L. Newton, Jr. and George F. Azrak were working at a checkpoint on Highway 79 in Oak Grove, Calif., when they were kidnapped and brutally murdered by a group of drug smugglers.

Margaret Day, the daughter of Theodore Newton, spoke at the dedication ceremony. She said, “We are very blessed that this many years have gone by and they are not forgotten.”



Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he’s the former blog editor for the House Conservatives Fund’s weblog. Recently, the editors at Examiner.com appointed him as their Law Enforcement Examiner. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for NewswithViews.com and PHXnews.com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDailyReview.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 300 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. If you wish to receive Kouri’s emailed law enforcement and intelligence reports, write to him at COPmagazine@aol.com. Simply write “Free Subscription” on the subject line.

About The Author Jim Kouri, CPP:
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.
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