FALFURRIAS, Texas - FALFURRIAS, Texas (AP) - A South Texas sheriff struggling to keep up with the demands of helping injured, lost and distressed immigrants slogging through his hot turf has partnered with a nonprofit to patrol the border.
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports Saturday that the Brooks County Sheriff's Office will be working with Texas Border Rescue to halve response times to immigrants in distress.
The partnership will add 10 people to a search-and-rescue crew already bolstered by 15 new volunteer deputy sheriffs. This doubles the number of people patrolling the vast, hot terrain.
Chief Deputy Urbino "Benny" Martinez says the sheriff's office had long relied on U.S. Border Patrol agents to respond to these distress calls. But the numbers are so great people are waiting up to an hour for help.
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