Dog park to be renamed in honor of K-9 border agent shot and killed during raid


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The City of El Paso plans to rename a dog park in honor of a U.S. Border Patrol K-9 agent killed in the line of duty in December in Northeast El Paso.

Investigators said Agent Bulder was shot by a man accused trafficking weapons who was the target of a raid. Authorities returned fire, killing the man.

Bulder served with the U.S. Border Patrol for only two years before his end of watch Dec. 17, 2019. The City wants to make sure his sacrifice is not forgotten.

“People just think it’s a dog. It’s actually a partner. It’s an agent,” said Tim Sullivan, chief patrol agent with U.S. Border Patrol Special Operations Group. “So, this resolution honors him and the sacrifice he made while protecting the other agents.”

El Paso city leaders are recognizing Bulder with a resolution that classifies his death as, “an event of historical and community significance.”

This screenshot from video shows the dog splash park at Pavo Real Park in El Paso’s Lower Valley, which will be renamed in honor of Border Patrol K-9 Agent Bulder, who was shot and killed in the line of duty.

During Monday’s special meeting, City Council also voted to officially change the name of the only splash park for dogs at Pavo Real Park, to the “K-9 Bulder Memorial Dog Splash Park.”

“El Paso has a big heart for our pets and of course for the men and women who serve our community,” City Rep. Claudia Ordaz-Perez said, “So we thought it was just fitting that the only dog splash park in the community that we name this park after K9 Agent Bulder to forever serve in our memories.”

The name-change serves as a special tribute to Bulder so that he will always be remembered by the El Paso community.

“We’ll have a little memoir of Agent Bulder to learn about his service and his history. To know that he’s part of this community,” Ordaz-Perez shared.

“His legacy will live on in this splash park for the years to come,” Sullivan added.

City staff said the date for the dog splash park’s name-change and memorial set up has yet to be determined.

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