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From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]




                       ARIEL RIOS REFLECTING POOL

  Mrs. BOXER. Madam President, I would like to recognize Ariel Rios, a 
man who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our country and 
who is being honored today at a special dedication ceremony here in 
Washington, DC.
  On September 10, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and 
Explosives--ATF--is honoring Special Agent Ariel Rios, who gave his 
life in the line of duty, by dedicating the Ariel Rios Reflecting Pool 
at the ATF Headquarters in Washington, DC.
  On December 2, 1982, while conducting an undercover operation in 
support of an investigation into illegal drug and firearms violations, 
Agent Rios was shot and killed. At the time of his death, Agent Rios 
was 28 years old and had worked for ATF for 4 years. His killers were 
sentenced to life in prison, plus 50 years. Agent Rios was survived by 
his wife Elsie and their young children Eileen and Francisco.
  Naming the reflecting pool at the ATF Headquarters, which is located 
at 99 New York Avenue NE, in honor of Agent Rios brings him home to his 
ATF family. This memorial will forever provide ATF employees with a 
place to honor and reflect on the life of an agent who made the 
ultimate sacrifice.

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  This dedication also provides an opportunity for us to honor all the 
brave men and women who wear the badge and put their lives on the line 
every day to protect this great Nation.

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