A rookie policeman sacrificed his own life to fulfill the spirit of heroism, a perfect example of a true public servant that must be treasured for years to come.
Due to heavy rains that triggered massive flooding in Bayawan City and neighboring towns in Negros Oriental, PO1 Rodelyn Abueva Gonzaga was among the 72 trainees of PNP-SCOUT Class 40-2013 deployed to conduct search and rescue operations especially in the areas affected by flashfloods and landslides.
In the course of the operations amidst danger, the trainees without fear and hesitation saved the lives of the victims who were trapped inside their homes. Together, they clashed the overflowed Banga River in Bayawan however, PO1 Gonzaga suddenly lost his grip from the rope he was holding after a strong current of waves hit their group. Some of his colleagues made to recover from the splash except him.
PO1 Gonzaga known to be a good swimmer in his class was the first person reported missing in the afternoon of October 6, 2013. A day after the incident, his body was recovered at Sitio Pacifica, Punong 3 in Barangay Caranoche, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental. He was found floating along the shore by a resident of the said barangay. He is one of 112 police personnel, including 15 females scheduled to graduate from their PNP-SCOUT on the first week of November.
PRO7 highly praised his heroic act but saddened for the tragic loss of a dedicated Police Officer. Financial assistance from the PNP will be given to the bereaved family.
PRO7 likewise highlights the importance of safety gears which is paramount to safety and survival, hence, the procurement of equipment for future search and rescue operations is important.