(USNewsMag.com) – On Friday, April 22, Texas Army National Guard Specialist Bishop Evans jumped into the Rio Grande River to rescue two illegal immigrants who were drowning. The migrants survived, but the serviceman didn’t. After days of searching, the service member’s body has finally been found.
US Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) announced authorities had recovered the body of Specialist Evans, who had been swept away in the currents.
This morning SPC Evans’ body was found and identified by local authorities. This young soldier made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of protecting and serving our country. He will never be forgotten.
— Rep. Tony Gonzales (@RepTonyGonzales) April 25, 2022
Gonzales later said the serviceman would be remembered for the “bravery and compassion” he showed while he was trying to save the lives of the migrants. He went on to say the Texas guardsman’s sacrifice would never be forgotten.
SPC. Evans will forever be remembered for the bravery and compassion he showed while saving lives in the Rio Grande. We will make sure this young soldier’s sacrifice will never be forgotten. https://t.co/w4gART2snc
— Rep. Tony Gonzales (@RepTonyGonzales) April 24, 2022
Specialist Evans, 22, joined the military in 2019. He served in both Iraq and Kuwait. Texas Military Department (TMD) commended Evans’ “selfless efforts” to rescue two people who looked like they were drowning as they tried to make it across the river.
Thousands of migrants have crossed the US border this year alone. Those numbers are expected to get worse when Title 42, a Donald Trump-era immigration policy, ends. Hopefully, no other service members lose their lives while they’re trying to protect their homeland.
The migrants the specialist was trying to save were taken into custody.
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