Fallen Heroes (October 11, 2019)

HONORING:

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

End of Watch: Sunday, October 6, 2019

Age: 44

Tour: 10 years

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DETAILS:

Border Patrol Agent Robert Hotten died while attempting to locate a group of seven suspected illegal aliens in the area of Mount Washington, south of Patagonia, Arizona.

He and two other agents had gone to the area after a ground sensor was activated at 1:00 pm indicating that seven subjects were in the area. During the ensuing search, one of the subjects was taken into custody.

The agents began a search for Agent Hotten when he failed to respond to radio transmissions. He was found unresponsive with a head injury, possibly from falling on rocks, at approximately 4:15. Due to the remote and rugged nature of their location, they were unable to immediately move him for transport. The agents performed CPR and provided medical aid for over two hours until he could be carried down the steep mountainside. He was flown to a hospital in Nogales where he was pronounced dead.

An investigation is underway to determine what caused his injuries and death.

Agent Hotten had served with the United States Border Patrol for 10 years and was assigned to the Tucson Sector. He is survived by his wife, son, mother, brother, and sister.
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HONORING:

Fire Engineer Paul Edwin Quattlebaum
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Lexington County Fire Service, South Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, October 4, 2019

Age: 46

Tour: Unknown
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DETAILS:

Fire Engineer Paul Quattlebaum was dispatched to a medical call. While headed to the call, he and his partner saw a vehicle accident in the 5200 block of Fairview Road and stopped to help. While checking on those involved, Quattlebaum was struck by a semi-truck. EMS treated Quattlebaum at the scene and then transported him to a nearby hospital where he passed away.

Incident Location: 5200 block of Fairview Road, Lexington, South Carolina
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HONORING:

Fire Captain Paul Rotondaro
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CAL FIRE, Merced County Fire, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Age: 36

Tour: Unknown

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DETAILS:

On Wednesday, October 2, 2019, Captain Paul Rotondaro, while on-duty, left the Merced County fire station to go to the Usona fire station. Driving a Ford Ranger, Rotondaro was hit by another truck, causing his truck to leave the road and catch fire, killing him instantly.

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May you be at rest.

This information is supplied by the Officer Down Memorial Page (www.odmp.org) and the U.S. Fire Administration (www.apps.usfa.fema.gov).

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