Two Border Patrol agents who saved multiple people from a burning vehicle were recognized for their valor Nov. 3 by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent also won the Secretary’s Award for Exemplary Service.
Anibal Cardona-Perez, a member of AFGE Local 3307, and Christian Hover, a member of AFGE Local 2455, are Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector of Texas. They received the Secretary’s Award for Valor for their heroic actions, which DHS dubbed “Operation Pandemonium.”
The Award for Valor is the department’s highest recognition for extraordinary acts of valor by an employee or group occurring while on or off duty. The award is given in exceptional circumstances to those who have demonstrated extraordinary courage in a highly dangerous, life-threatening situation or emergency under extreme stress and involving a specific act of valor, such as saving another person’s life or property.
The Border Patrol agents were among 329 DHS employees from across the country who were honored this year for their extraordinary service and outstanding contributions to the department and the nation.
Another AFGE member, Aisha Jones from Local 3806, received the Secretary’s Award for Exemplary Service for demonstrating professionalism, vigilance, and exemplary performance in her job at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.