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Fallen Heroes Details



In Memory Of
Juan Vars
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Peru
End of watch: 1994-08-27
Aircraft: CASA 212-A
Special Agent Juan Vars died when his aircraft crashed into dense jungle close to Puerto Pizano near Lima, Peru while on a drug assignment. Also killed were Agents Frank Fernandez, Jay Seale, Frank Wallace Jr. and Meredith Thompson, each of whom was from different sections of the US DEA.

Special Agent Vars joined DEA's Dallas Field Division in 1987 and served in the Chicago Field Division before returning to Dallas in 1988. After becoming a DEA pilot in 1990, Special Agent Vars was reassigned to the San Antonio District Office in 1991. Special Agent Vars graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute, and the University of Texas, where he received degrees in Political Science and Spanish. He was survived by his parents, Ana and William Vars and his fiancee. Special Agent Vars was posthumously awarded the DEA Administrator's Award of Honor on May 17, 1995.

Thoughts and Memories of Juan Vars

Juan Carlos is a hero in every sense.
A. Valdez
2008-01-26

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