November 7 - November 13
Starting this week I’m doing something a bit different. My weekly updates will include three main sections:
I hope that this information will help drive organizational pride, primarily by the recipients (you) using it to create IDS slides, email blasts, internal web postings, social media posts, etc… I also recommend that you explore the links in my signature block. I think that you will find them informative. It should go without mentioning, but other great sources of information are the BP Museum and Joe Banco’s books (USBP History Vol 1 and USBP History Vol 2).
These posts are not meant to be controversial, harassing or otherwise negative. However, infrequently, I will include suggestions as they come up. This email happens to includes two because John Charles Gigax’s LODD anniversary was yesterday (see the bottom of the email).
This week in history happens to be pretty light…
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John Charles Gigax
Date of Birth: June 1, 1972
Entered on Duty: March 17, 1997
Title: Border Patrol Agent
End of Watch: November 7, 1999
Border Patrol Agent John Gigax was killed in an automobile crash while he was travelling from a temporary assignment in Washington, DC.
Agent Gigax, who was stationed in Laredo, Texas, was driving on I-95, near Doswell, when his department Jeep Cherokee veered off the road and struck the rear of a car carrier parked on the shoulder in Hanover County, Virginia. The Jeep's momentum caused it go over the cab of truck, landing head-first on the pavement. The Jeep broke apart upon impact with the ground, killing Agent Gigax instantly.
His brother, Gene, became a Border Patrol Agent and was assigned to the Laredo North Station like his brother. Several years ago, Gene transferred to OFO. His signature block still includes a DOJ style Border Patrol Badge with a mourning band.
Charlie is buried in Jacksonville, FL about 100’ away from Jason Panides.
As of October 28, 2021, the U.S. Border Patrol has suffered 148* fallen.
* With the exception of two of the fallen below, all names are listed (or in the process of being included) on the official Honor Roll of U.S. Border Patrol fallen and inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The U.S. Border Patrol should fix these discrepancies. HonorFirst.com honors both of the fallen.
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