Members Of The NY National Guard & A Border Patrol Agent Spotted In The Fatal Texas Helicopter Crash By The Mexican Border

Three individuals have been identified as the victims of a U.S. military helicopter accident in Texas along the U.S.-Mexico border: two members of the New York National Guard and a Border Patrol agent.

Members Of The NY National Guard & A Border Patrol Agent Spotted In The Fatal Texas Helicopter Crash By The Mexican Border

Local authorities had previously identified New York State Trooper John M. Grassia III and New York National Guard helicopter pilot Casey Frankoski as among the deceased on Saturday. On Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas named Border Patrol Agent Chris Luna as the third person killed in Friday’s crash.

“We are devastated by the tragic death of Border Patrol Agent Chris Luna, a heroic public servant who lost his life Friday in a helicopter crash while on a Border Patrol mission in Texas. Two National Guardsmen were also killed, and one National Guardsman was seriously injured,” Mayorkas said. “Every single day, our Border Patrol Agents place themselves in harm’s way so that the rest of us can be safe and secure. My thoughts, and the deepest condolences of our Department, are with Agent Luna’s family, loved ones, and colleagues, and with those of the National Guardsmen who lost their lives. We hope for the injured servicemember’s swift recovery, and hold our National Guard colleagues and their families in our thoughts as well.”

The New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association said on Facebook on Saturday that Grassia, 30, died on Friday in a helicopter crash while flying over the Texas-Mexico border while serving with the National Guard. The organization offered condolences to Grassia’s friends, family, and coworkers.

“Trooper Grassia, who was dedicated to serving and protecting not only the citizens of New York State but also the citizens of the entire United States, will be remembered for his ultimate sacrifice,” the post said. “Trooper Grassia joined the New York State Police in April 2022 and was most recently assigned to Troop G. Funeral arrangements are pending.”

Frankoski also “tragically lost her life in a helicopter crash on Friday while patrolling the US-Mexico border,” according to the mayor of Rensselaer, New York, which is situated across the Hudson River from Albany, the state capital in New York state.

“A proud native of Rensselaer and distinguished graduate of Columbia High School, Casey was not only an excellent student but also excelled in sports and community service before joining the New York National Guard,” Mayor Michael Stammel wrote. “Casey comes from a family deeply rooted in public service, and her legacy as an American hero resonates throughout our community. Casey’s father is retired Rensselaer Police Chief James Frankoski and a part of our Rensselaer family. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Frankoski family as we collectively mourn the loss of a beloved city native and dedicated patriot. Please keep all of the victims and families in your prayers.”

According to the mayor, Rensselaer would be lowering its flags in honor of Frankoski.

“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of Army National Guard helicopter pilots Casey Frankoski and John Grassia Jr, who tragically lost their lives in a helicopter crash over the border of Texas and Mexico on Friday during an operation,” the Troy Police Department in New York also wrote in a Facebook post.

“On behalf of the Troy Police Department, we extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Casey Frankoski and John Grassia Jr during this difficult time. Their service and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragic event.”

According to a statement issued by Joint Task Force North, a UH-72 Lakota helicopter assigned to the federal Southwest border support mission crashed Friday afternoon while performing aviation activities close to Rio Grande City, Texas. An investigation was underway to determine the cause.

The highest ranking authority in the county, Starr County Judge Eloy Vera, stated that three men and one lady were present. According to him, the injured party was in critical condition.

The commander of the National Guard Bureau, Gen. Daniel Hokanson, expressed his sympathies to the families, friends, and coworkers of the three individuals who were slain in a post on X. He also prayed for a quick recovery for the injured soldier.

“We mourn these heartbreaking deaths,” Hokanson’s post said. “They are a tragic loss beyond words. All of these people represent selfless service & the best of America.”

The Rio Grande Valley in Texas is where the accident occurred. near Friday, the Starr County Sheriff’s Office said via Facebook that it was providing assistance in relation to a “downed helicopter incident” that occurred near the county’s eastern border. Vera stated that the sheriff’s office had secured the area and that federal agents were on their way.

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