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CBP Officer Removed From Life Support After Collapse

CBP Officer Removed From Life Support After Collapse

ODMP.org

September 13, 2010

Assistant Commissioner Winkowski and I are saddened to inform you of the tragic death of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer John Zykas. On September 2, CBP Officer Zykas suffered a major heart attack during a training course at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. After undergoing intensive surgery, CBP Officer Zykas was removed from life support and passed away on September 8.

CBP Officer Zykas served almost 15 years with the Office of Field Operations and legacy Immigration. After serving in the U.S. Navy for 20 years, CBP Officer Zykas joined the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service as an immigration inspector at the Port of San Ysidro in 1996. He moved to the Port of San Diego in 2004 as a CBP Officer after the creation of CBP.

CBP Officer Zykas is survived by his wife, Joanne and his two sons, Vincent and Philip.

He also leaves behind his parents, Josephine and John Joseph; his sister, Patricia; and his two grandchildren, Nicholas and Olivia.

The wearing of mourning bands is authorized and all CBP flags should be flown at half-staff from now until interment. A viewing for CBP Officer Zykas will be held Friday, Sept. 10 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., at Poway Bernardo Mortuary, 13243 Poway Rd., Poway, Calif. A mass will be held on Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. at St. Michael’s Church, 15546 Pomerado Rd., Poway, Calif.

Assistant Commissioner Winkowski and I, together with all of CBP, extend our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Zykas and will keep them in our thoughts during this difficult time.

Alan Bersin
Commissioner


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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    RIP and Prayers to the family,

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    Sheepdog1

    over 3 years ago

    480 Comments

    RIP brother

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Rest in Peace, and God Bless!

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    Inxorte

    over 3 years ago

    734 Comments

    RIPB

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    WACollector

    over 3 years ago

    764 Comments

    Rest In Peace, Brother.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    R.I.P. Brother

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    MP247

    over 3 years ago

    332 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Zykas

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    keeneagle

    over 3 years ago

    41524 Comments

    When God sent His angels to bring you home, He had His reasons. Someday we will be able to ask why, but for now, we offer prayers of peace and comfort to those left behind. RIP Brother

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    granny1

    over 3 years ago

    1448 Comments

    rest in peace sir.prayers to your family.

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    JC1118

    over 3 years ago

    22 Comments

    RIP Officer Zykas

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    AZmeangreen

    over 3 years ago

    2338 Comments

    Rest in peace Officer Zykas.

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    Straightshooter

    over 3 years ago

    1708 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer John Zykas. My Prayers for your Family, friends and coworkers.

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    ksphatcop

    over 3 years ago

    1744 Comments

    Rest in Peace

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    aussie4

    over 3 years ago

    5328 Comments

    God Bless this Leo who served in the Navy and then felt the need to protect America even more, and his family.

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    nrp5hgwedf

    over 3 years ago

    0 Comments

    Our thoughts and prayers out to Joanne, Vincent, Philip, and family. Thanks for all you service! RIP.

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