Fire Department in Texas Border County Recovering Bodies of Migrants Every Day 

The fire department chief of a small Texas border county recovers migrant children and adults daily from the Rio Grande. 

Manuel Mello III, who leads the Eagle Pass Fire Department in south-central Texas, said, “Two years ago, we would probably make in a year about 20 to 25 drownings,” Saying, “Right now, you’re looking at maybe 30 body recoveries in a month.” 

Mello’s team handles all emergency medical services and has the region’s only swift water rescue program. 

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