By Steve Neavling
The National Border Patrol Council is pressing for a fallen colleague’s death to be considered “in the line of duty.”
Javier Vega Jr. was shot and killed by two undocumented immigrants in front of his family during a fishing trip in Willacy County two years ago.
Now the National Border Patrol Council has filed a petition for Vega’s family, whom he protected during a robbery attempt, RGVProud reports.
The argument is that Vega died trying to prevent a criminal act and therefore his death should be considered “in the line of duty.”
“He served his country. He served his community and I believe we owe it to him to honor him properly,” National Border Patrol Council President Chris Cabrera said.