U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry will forever be remembered, especially at Elizabeth Park Marina where a vessel was dedicated Thursday in front of friends, family and former colleagues.
Terry, a Michigan native, was shot and killed while in the line of duty on Dec. 14, 2010, near Rio Rico, Arizona
Josephine Terry got a chance to board the vessel bearing her son's name.
"It felt good,” the mother said. “I thought about my son all the time I was on there because he liked going on the water all the time."
With her son's photo still close to her heart, Josephine watched as US border patrol agents dedicated the vessel in her son’s honor.
"He wouldn't believe it,” said Josephine. “Like he used to say go big or go home! he got himself a boat now!"
"It was truly humbling to be honest with you,” said US Border Patrol Chief Mike Fisher. “I've been on border patrol for 26 years and it's one of the higher honors in the institution or organization.”
Terry's family, friends and former colleagues rode the vessel one by one. The naming of this border patrol vessel is a huge honor for an agent killed in the line of duty, one that his mother wishes he was here to see.
"I wish he was sitting next to me," said Josephine.
The vessel will continue his purpose and patrol the northern border.