EL CENTRO, Calif. (13 On Your Side) – A U.S. Border Patrol agent from the El Centro sector died at a Hawaiian waterfall during a family vacation while trying to save a woman from drowning.
Customs and Border Protection says 31-year-old Kris Gungon, who had been working at the El Centro sector for four years, jumped into the water to pull a woman to safety.
Gungon saved the woman, but slipped underneath the water and never came back up.
He was vacationing with his wife, Denise, and their infant daughter.
13 On Your Side spoke with Agent Lambardo Amaya, a Border Patrol Union President, who says agents who worked with Gungon are deeply saddened.
They say they lost a friend, a new father and a loving husband.
Today, fellow agents are expressing their condolences on a Facebook page dedicated to Border Patrol agents.
According to True Blue Warriors, an organization that brings awareness to law enforcement heroes, Gungon was vacationing with his family in Hawaii over the weekend.
A woman became distressed, clinging onto rocks near a waterfall, when Gungon jumped into the pond to save her life.
The woman survived, but Gungon never resurfaced.
He is survived by his wife, Denise, and his five-month-old daughter Evangeline, who are still in Hawaii awaiting autopsy results.
Meanwhile on Facebook, more than 400 friends, acquaintances and strangers who are touched by the heroic story are posting their condolences.
Agent Amaya says everyone who worked with Gungon will forever remember him as a hard worker and a friendly person.
"It's, it's sad. I mean, really sad. Some of these guys are really… they really feel it. They're going through some emotions. There is no bigger love than when somebody put up his life for his friend."
The El Centro agency is not flying the American flag at half staff, only because Agent Gungon was not on duty when he died.
But agents are wearing a mourning ribbon over their hearts in honor of a fallen hero.
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