Who is Jacob Albarado? Full interview with Uvalde TX first responder

Ella Kipling June 1, 2022
Who is Jacob Albarado? Full interview with Uvalde TX first responder


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As Uvalde continues to mourn the young children and teachers who tragically lost their lives in a school shooting at Robb Elementary, one brave father has spoken about his mission to find his family during the event.

In an interview with Today, Jacob Albarado, a border patrol officer who is well-known in the area, recounted how he rushed to the scene as soon as he received an alarming text message from his wife explaining what was happening.

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Who is Jacob Albarado?

Jacob Albarado is a border patrol officer who made his way onto the scene following the Uvalde school shooting. Albarado was at his local barber shop when his wife, Trisha, sent him a text telling him there was an active shooter situation. She is a fourth-grade teacher at the school.

The text she sent reads: “There’s an active shooter. Help. Love you.”

Albarado’s wife was not the only family member in the school, as his 8-year-old daughter was also there. Upon receiving the text, Albarado borrowed a shotgun from his barber and ran to the school.

He described the scene as “chaos” and said: “Everyone was trying to get to the school. People were trying to get everything situated. I was just trying to get towards my wife’s room and my daughter’s room.”

“I was just helping all the kids out”

Misinformation claiming Albarado killed the shooter has been spreading on Twitter. However, Albarado confirmed on Today that he did not have any gear and was not on duty, so he didn’t go inside the school.

“I could just see kids coming out of the windows and kids coming my way, so I was just helping all the kids out,” he said.

Finding his daughter was a big relief, and Albarado continued to keep the children as calm as he could as they were evacuating.

“I believe everyone there was doing the best that they could”

The police response to the shooting has come under scrutiny after it was revealed by state authorities that a whole hour elapsed before a tactical unit went into a classroom and killed the gunman.

In a statement on Thursday, Uvalde Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez said: “I understand questions are surfacing regarding the details of what occurred. I know answers will not come fast enough during this trying time, but rest assured that with the completion of the full investigation, I will be able to answer all the questions that we can.”

One father, whose daughter was inside the school during the shooting said in an interview that he and other men wanted to storm the building.

“There were five or six of [us] fathers, hearing the gunshots, and [police officers] were telling us to move back. We didn’t care about us. We wanted to storm the building,” he said.

However, Albarado said he believes “everyone there was doing the best that they could, given the circumstances.”

The Focus sends its thoughts and prayers to the families affected by the Uvalde shooting

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Ella is the Head of Content at Freshered and also works a freelance journalist at GRV Media, writing for HITC and Reality Titbit. Her interests lie in news and anything culture related including entertainment, musicals, books, and social media. Ella is also a big supporter of student media and writes for her university’s newspaper as well as hosting her own show on the radio station.