TUCSON – A U.S. Border Patrol agent died Sunday after being found unresponsive while on patrol, officials confirmed.
According to Tucson Sector Border Patrol, Agent Robert Hotten, 44, was located by fellow agents near Mount Washington, south of Patagonia.
Responding agents provided initial medical care until a medivac helicopter could airlift Agent Hotten for transport to an awaiting ambulance, officials said.
Agent Hotten, Class 910, served for 10 years in U.S. Border Patrol and was assigned to the Sonoita Station.
“My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, son, loved one, and colleagues,” wrote Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan on Twitter.
Last night, we lost one of our own, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Robert Hotten. Agent Hotten was found unresponsive while on patrol in AZ. Agent Hotten, Class 910, served for 10 years in USBP. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, son, loved ones, and colleagues. pic.twitter.com/yDDKOg6Pun
— Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan (@CBPMarkMorgan) October 7, 2019
U.S. Border Patrol, Tucson Sector released the following statement:
“On behalf of the U.S. Border Patrol, Tucson Sector, I want to thank the responding agents and emergency response personnel who worked attentively to render aid and secure medical assistance,” said Chief Patrol Agent Roy Villareal. “Our deepest sympathies are extended to Agent Robert M. Hotten’s family, friends, and colleagues. I ask that you keep Agent Hotten’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”
No further details have been released at this time.