August 11th: Remember a real leader's birthday...Agent Brian Terry
August 4th, 2012
The Examiner / By: Dave Gibson
As Democrats across the country celebrate President Barack Huesein Obama's birthday, and Obama himself uses the occasion as a fundraising opportunity for his apparently cash-strapped campaign, there is another birthday looming and it is likely one the president hopes we all forget.
Next Saturday, August 11th is slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry's birthday. The former U.S. Marine would be 42-years-old next week.
On December 14, 2010, Agent Brian Terry was shot to death in the Arizona desert, while patrolling one of the region's most dangerous drug and human smuggling corridors. He was actually looking for Mexican bandits who typically prey on those crossing into this country illegally.
Agent Terry encountered a group of those bandits and was shot in the back with an AK-47. At least one round went through his protective vest and ripped through his pelvis. He soon succumbed to his wounds.
Terry was a former Marine and a police officer in Lincoln Park, Michigan. He had been a Border Patrol agent for three years. In his quest for a lifetime of service to his nation, he had plans to become a Secret Service agent.
Of course, weapons which were allowed to cross the border as part of Operation Fast and Furious were found at the murder scene.
In May 2011, Manuel Osorio-Arellanes was arraigned in a Tucson federal courtroom for second-degree murder, conspiracy to assault a federal officer and firearms possession charges in connection to the December shooting death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
Shortly after his murder, Agent Terry’s sister, Michelle, told The Associated Press: "It was his life. He said it was very dangerous, but he loved what he did and wanted to make a difference."
Terry is survived by his father, Kent Terry, his mother, Josephine Terry, his stepmother, Carol Terry, sisters Michelle Terry Balogh and Kelly Terry Willis, and brother, Kent G. Terry.
His stepmother, Carol Terry spoke of her stepson’s relationship with his devastated father: "Brian just loved his dad. He would do absolutely anything for him. And Brian was his dad’s hero. Every time Brian went out on a mission he would call his dad to tell him he was leaving. Then, when returned from each mission, he would call his dad to let him know that he was back. So we knew Brian had gone out on a mission Tuesday evening. That was the last time we ever heard from him."
She continued: "What really hurts so much is that he died protecting illegal immigrants."
You can read more about the selfless dedication Agent Terry displayed throughout his life here.
Read more about the tragic circumstances of Agent Brian Terry's death: