Border Patrol Agent Gallagher’s widow wins honors

border fenceThe widow of a Southern Arizona Border Patrol agent, who was killed in the line of duty, was honored with the Border Patrol Foundation’s Education and Service Award. Samantha Gallagher Hope’s husband, Border Patrol Agent Michael Gallagher, was killed in September 2010 while on patrol near Sells when his vehicle was struck by a drunken driver.

“It is a tremendous honor for me to have this opportunity to present the Border Patrol Foundation’s Education and Service Award to Samantha, whose brave husband died while protecting our country,” said Arizona Congressman Ron Barber, a member of the Committee on Homeland Security, who was asked to bestow the honor. “Border Patrol agents and all law enforcement officers, as well as their families, make a tremendous sacrifice so that the rest of us can be safe.”

After her husband was killed, Samantha Gallagher Hope wrote Crazy Courage: A Young Widow’s Survival Guide to help other women who found themselves in similar situations.

She also has become active in Mothers Against Drunk Driving and has presented material to law enforcement peer support groups on working with families during a tragedy. She also participates in trauma training.

The foundation’s fifth annual recognition dinner was held in Washington. At the dinner, foundation board members and supporters honored the surviving families of fallen agents as well as individuals who have contributed to the security of America’s borders and contributed to the mission of the foundation.

There are about 3,000 Border Patrol agents assigned to work in Barber’s Southern Arizona district – one of only nine congressional districts that touch the U.S.-Mexico border.