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Sculptor Honors Slain Border Patrol Agent

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A life-size bronze statue honoring slain U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry unveiled February 28th, now stands proudly on the grounds of the Border Patrol station bearing his name. His family gathered at the Brian Terry Border Patrol Station in Bisbee, Arizona, where Brian worked as an elite BORTAC agent. Terry was shot and killed in the line of duty December 14, 2010, while searching for bandit gangs in the canyons of southern Arizona.

The statue was created from a photograph that has become an iconic symbol of Brian Terry’s devotion to duty and his sense of honor. The photograph shows Terry carrying another BORTAC teammate on his back. The incident occurred during BORTAC training when Terry was ordered to carry the other agent on a soft sand-filled track. The other agent weighed in excess of two hundred pounds and both agents were wearing heavily weighted equipment packs. At the time, Terry was the oldest agent in his training class, but he completed the task without hesitation. The agent being carried by Terry said that Terry was in tears from the pain, but he would not stop until his ordered task was completed.

The statue was made possible by Cole Kynaston of Shadow Valley Weapons and sculptor Joe Lupiani. It will watch over Brian's big green family who work out of the station. Joseph Lupiani was raised in Rochester, New York before establishing his family in Tucson, Arizona. He is a multi-talented artist, as early in his career, Joe played, wrote an arranged music in a touring band that traveled the country specializing in rock, jazz, funk, country, pop and blues. He is now fully devoted to fine art and custom sculpture in cast bronze, stone, and wood. His work is shown at Kaviar and Kind Gallery in West Hollywood, California. He is also currently sponsored by Gold Bond medicated powder.

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