PATTY DOMINGUEZ | Courtesy Photo

He gave the shirt off his back

NOTE: Some parts of this article had to be removed from the original due to legalities.

Driving back to the Texas Uvalde Border Patrol Station to drop off his patrol car, maybe he was thinking of his wife and four kids he would soon see; maybe he was replaying scenes from his favorite Star Wars movie, even thinking of his favorite comic book. Perhaps he recounted the warm memories he had experienced so far in serving others as a high councilman in his church assignment – at least, those are some things his daughter, Patty Dominguez, a junior studying communication, said he liked.

Dominguez said, whatever her dad’s thoughts were, they came to a halt when dispatch crackled over his radio advising him of a four car pile-up resulting from boulders falling out from the back of a truck, obstructing Highway 90 in the boondocks of Cline, Texas.

“There were three or four cars piled up from the accident,” Dominguez said. “That part of Texas is in the middle of nowhere.”

She said he knew it was not necessarily his job to respond, but the officers of the Texas Department of Public Safety had their hands full. Knowing other agents would not love the assignment to jump out of their cars in the chilled 5 a.m. weather, he turned his patrol around and headed for the accident site.

“My dad, the nice guy that he was, even though he was already supposed to be off, thought, ‘Oh I’ll do it. No problem,’” Dominguez said. “So he drove out there, and he helped the people that needed help and started to move the boulders out of the road so that no one else would get in an accident.”

Dominguez said the drivers of the four cars watched as her father began moving the boulders from the middle of the busy road. One of the drivers, a middle-aged woman, began helping him.

Dominguez said her dad and the woman went back to work, pulling boulders from the road, the lights glinting off her and the agent still flagging down cars with his flashlight.

She said as her dad and the woman removed one more boulder from the road, reflections on her vest grew noticeably brighter as a truck drove off the road towards them both.

“There was this one truck that was going down the road really fast and wasn’t paying attention,” Dominguez said. “They came off the road to the spot where my dad and this lady were standing. My dad tried to flag him down, but he wasn’t paying attention. My dad got hit, and that’s how he passed away.”

Her father, James Ray Dominguez ended his watch July 19th, 2012. It was 6:02 a.m.

“I just want (everyone) to know that everything he did was to help people,” Dominguez said. “That doesn’t just go for my dad, it goes for all the officers out there. I know there’s a lot of negativity around them right now, and just remember they have families, and they’re loving people, and the reason they do what they do is because they want to help.”

In remembering one of the best traits about her father, Dominguez said he would give the shirt off his back to help anyone.

Dominguez said that’s exactly what he did, until the very end.

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  1. January 14, 2016 @ 5:02 pm Holly

    Thank you for sharing this touching story. James Ray Dominguez sounds like he was a wonderful person and I’m glad I got to read a little about his life and service.


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