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September 2013

Border Patrol Agent Jared A. Monnett

U.S. Customs & Border Protection

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Jared A. Monnett

Washington, DC—The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has announced the selection of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Jared A. Monnett as the recipient of its Officer of the Month for September 2013.

On July 29, 2012, Border Patrol Agents Monnett and Overbey were assigned to the area around Black Peak, located southeast of Arivaca, Arizona, just 11 miles from the Mexican border. In addition to the obvious dangers associated with patrolling the U.S. border in sweltering heat, Agents Monnet and Overbey also happened to be canvassing an area of Arizona that had been the site of several recent attacks by Africanized bees, responsible for the deaths of several citizens, livestock, and pets. 

At approximately 8:30 am, Agents Monnett and Overbey were responding to border sensor traffic a half mile northwest of Black Peak.  When they arrived, the agents learned that the sensor had been triggered by four undocumented individuals who had crossed into the United States from Mexico. The agents had reason to believe that there might be more people traveling with this group, so while Agent Monnett stayed with the suspects, Agent Overbey left to search the nearby area.
 
Suddenly, Agent Monnett heard his partner let out an intense scream as though he was being attacked. He ran in the direction Agent Overbey had gone and found his partner enveloped in a massive swarm of the dreaded Africanized bees.  Without hesitation, Agent Monnett ran directly into the swarm of bees and grabbed Agent Overbey. Agent Monnett instructed his partner to run to a safe location as fast he could to escape the swarm.  

When Agent Overbey was later treated by medical personnel, they discovered he had suffered dozens of bee stings on his head, arms, and in his mouth, eyes, and ears. It was determined that the hive must have been disturbed either when the undocumented individuals tripped the sensor or when the agents responded to the alarm.

Africanized bee attacks, especially in the southern states, kill an average of 53 people in the United States each year. Dubbed “killer” bees, these insects are largely indistinguishable from the bees commonly found in the United States. Had it not been for Agent Monnett’s quick actions, Agent Overbey may not have survived this horrific ordeal.

”The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is honored to present U.S. Border Patrol Agent Jared A. Monnett with our Officer of the Month Award for September 2013," said Craig W. Floyd, Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO. "His swift action even in the face of serious personal injury undoubtedly saved the life of his partner,” he said. “He is most deserving of this month's Officer of the Month Award.”

Located in the nation’s capital, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers. The Memorial Fund’s Officer of the Month Award Program began in 1996 and recognizes federal, state, and local officers who distinguish themselves through exemplary law enforcement service and devotion to duty.

Agent Monnett, along with the other Officer of the Month Award winners for 2013, will be honored at a special awards luncheon in Washington, DC, in May 2014, during National Police Week. In addition, their stories of heroism and service will be featured in the Memorial Fund’s annual calendar.

Police Unity Tour The Police Unity Tour is the official sponsor of the Memorial Fund's Officer of the Month Program.