Border Patrol agents from Sonoita, Nogales and Douglas gathered in Eastern Santa Cruz County on July 19 for the annual Lon Parker Memorial event that honors fallen agents.
Parker, a Border Patrol inspector, was killed in a gun battle with liquor smugglers west of the Huachuca Mountains on July 25, 1926. A suspected smuggler was also killed in the shootout.
Present-day agents joined with four generations of the Lon Parker family at the site in Canelo to commemorate Parker’s sacrifice while in the line of duty. The event was hosted by retired Border Patrol agents.
Retired agent Jim Grasky, the main presenter for the event, illustrated Parker’s character by reading a poem by Patrol Inspector J. Jacobs, and local pastor and family member Steve Lindsey read a poem he wrote dedicated to “Uncle Lon.” Grasky also commemorated other fallen agents and spoke of the ongoing dedication and sacrifice of today’s Border Patrol agents.
After the memorial, retired agents presented several round-robin training stations relevant to the Border Patrol’s job of tracking and investigations. Grasky walked the agents through each station while sharing ideas, stories and key fundamentals.
“Grasky’s vast knowledge was much appreciated by all agents,” the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector said in a news release.