An Arizona Border Patrol station located in Bisbee, Arizona has been renamed in the honor of an agent who was killed in the line of duty in December 2010. The change comes one day before a much anticipated Office of the Inspector General's report is expected to be released.
The Brian A. Terry Memorial Act, which was signed into law in May, allows for the Naco Hwy Border Patrol station to be called the Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station.
"I think we all feel proud about that," said Kelly Willis, Terry's sister, who flew to Arizona from Michigan to attend the station's grand opening Tuesday.
"It's nice to know that his name is going to live on," she said. "Every time people pull up at that station, they're going to know why his name is on that building."
Terry's friends and family flew in from Michigan to witness the unveiling of the state-of-the art facility.
Jeff Vamos grew up with Terry and said Terry would have done the same for him.
"It's what he deserves and what he'd expect me to do. He would do the same thing for me. Guarantee it," he said, fighting tears.
"I think he's always out there watching over all of us," said John Christou, a friend who flew in from Las Vegas.
Several political figures attended the dedication, including Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), a sponsor of the Brian A. Terry Memorial Act.
"I think the effect of Brian Terry being struck down in the prime of life has hit a whole nation," Issa said.
Rep. Ron Barber (D-8th), who presented the Terry family with a Congressional Badge of Bravery during a special benefit dinner Monday night, called Terry a "devoted patriot."
"This station is important because this is the station out of which he worked," said Rep. Ron Barber (D-8th) To name it in his honor, I think is an important recognition of all he did and people like him did for our border security."
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