United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government
End of Watch Monday, August 16, 2021
Border Patrol Agent Ricardo Zarate died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty in the Rio Grande Valley Sector in Texas.
Agent Zarate had served with the United States Border Patrol for 12 years and was assigned to the McAllen Station.
Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.