Oct 7, 2012 1:50 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Former Border Patrol agent speak of dangers of the job

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. - Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie's death reminds people how dangerous the job is.

Ivie was shot while on duty near Naco Tuesday. The FBI says it was probably friendly fire from another agent.

Carl Sanders retired from the Border Patrol about 15 years ago.

"When you're working with guys like that," Sanders said, "it's a brotherhood. When you lose somebody it hurts."

He said he lost a couple friends in his 22 year career.

"I think he should be remembered as a hero," Sanders said. "These guys are sacrificing everything."

Sanders spent 18 years stationed in Naco.

"There were a lot of times I was scared out there," Sanders said. "Back then, it wasn't like it is now."

Rod Rothrock is the Interim Chief Deputy of the Office of Cochise County Sheriff. He said the agents had every reason to believe they were in danger.

"They knew that if they encountered somebody out there, it was very likely to be heavily armed drug smugglers," Rothrock said, "and that was a contributing factor."

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