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New Detroit River boat honors slain border agent

Brian Terry (Source: CBS 5 News) Brian Terry (Source: CBS 5 News)

A boat named after a slain agent is the newest U.S. Customs and Border Protection vessel to patrol the Detroit River.

The 25-foot Brian A. Terry was dedicated Thursday by his mother Josephine Terry in Trenton, southwest of Detroit.

The Secure-Around-Flotation-Equipped Boat will patrol the river south of Detroit to the mouth of Lake Erie.

Known as SAFE boats, the aluminum-hulled vessels are used on rivers and lakes to stop the smuggling of people and drugs into the U.S. and to protect ports from acts of terrorism.

Brian Terry grew up near Trenton in Flat Rock.

He was shot to death in 2010 in a firefight north of the Arizona-Mexico border between U.S. agents and five men who had sneaked into the country to rob marijuana smugglers.

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