SUMAS, WASH. – On April 30 the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Sumas Port of Entry welcomed a special entrant into the United States with honors befitting the occasion. CBP Field Operations Officers and Border Patrol Agents lined the entry lane in solemn remembrance as a moving memorial to fallen law enforcement officers crossed over from Canada under escort by members of the Abbotsford, British Columbia, Police Department. The memorial is a specially swathed Hummer H3 bearing the names of US and Canadian officers who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
The event, "Drive to Remember" was inspired by Allison Eales whose father Trooper Rocky Eales of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol SWAT was killed in the line of duty in 1999. Allison, then in sixth grade wrote a letter to her father bearing the words "My Daddy a Hero" and placed it at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in 2005. Publishers of a law enforcement magazine saw it and inspired by her words began this memorial event touring from Vancouver, BC to Los Angeles then eastward to Washington DC.
Among the fallen officers memorialized since 2006 are Officer Joselito Alvarez Barber of Seattle Police Department (PD), Officer Edwanton Allen Thomas of Brier PD, Deputy Steve E. Cox of King County Sheriff Office (SO), Constable John David Goyer of Abbotsford PD, Deputy Michael Estes of Walla Walla SO, Officer Adam Joseph Menuez of Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribal PD and Air Interdiction Agent Julio E. Baray of US Customs and Border Protection.
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