Industrial Communications provided me a live saving communication solution. Here is my story. I own a ranch on the Texas border. I was at the bottom of a hill and Jack was driving the tractor up in the hill which one of the two radio units was installed into. I noticed something run up to the trailer located at the top of hill.
I was driving up the hill and then saw 2-3 guys running towards the tractor. I called Jack on the radio and told him to lock himself in the tractor. As I made my way up the hill I saw that there were 3 guys hiding behind the tractor. I called Jack on the radio and told him what was going on. Jack could not see the guys. There are always illegal immigrants coming up from where I am located and you never know if they are armed, violent, drug smugglers, gang members, and dangerous.
When I got to the tractor, I got out of the truck (armed) and made my way to the guys who were illegal immigrants. I made them all load up in the back of my truck and called a point of contact from Border Patrol. Just as I was about to leave, I noticed the guys in the truck looking a little nervous. I then noticed 3 more guys doing exactly what the first three did. I called Jack to let him know. Jack and I got those guys loaded up as well. I asked them if there were anymore. Sure enough, there were 3 more. Nine guys total. Both Jack and I were in disbelief. They were all about 19 years old and definitely up to no good.
It was when I drove off with the guys (headed to meet Border Patrol) that Jack thanked me because he felt that I had saved his life. If it weren’t for the radios, I don’t know what could’ve happened. This is why we were using two way radios out there because cell phones drop all the time. There was an incident in another state where illegal immigrants had killed a rancher. This is not just an isolated story. The ranchers work with Border Patrol. We use our radios everyday, in every way possible. Whether just communicating what needs to be done or if any of them ever notice “fresh tracks” which will indicate if there is a big group or small group and we call one another immediately to warn everyone. We got the radios for safety.