Trainee cop dies dur­ing train­ing ex­er­cise

Watchmen Daily Journal - - News - By Do­minique Gabriel G. Bañaga

A trainee po­lice of­fi­cer passed away Wed­nes­day morn­ing af­ter re­port­edly col­laps­ing dur­ing a train­ing ex­er­cise at the Po­lice Pub­lic Safety Com­pany Re­gional Train­ing Cen­ter in Barangay Man­silin­gan, Ba­colod City.

Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice-6 (PRO-6) di­rec­tor, Po­lice Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent John Bu­lala­cao, iden­ti­fied the in­di­vid­ual as 22-year-old Po­lice Of­fi­cer 1 Frenz Galen Samil­lano Frades of Barangay 8, San Jose de Bue­nav­ista, An­tique.

Based on in­for­ma­tion for­warded to the re­gional po­lice di­rec­tor, Frades was un­der­go­ing phys­i­cal ex­er­cises the prior evening when he col­lapsed. The as­pir­ing po­lice of­fi­cer was im­me­di­ately brought to the Ba­colod City Doc­tors’ Hos­pi­tal and later trans­ferred to the Co­ra­zon Loc­sin Mon­telibano Me­mo­rial Re­gional Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

Frades passed away the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

Bu­lala­cao said ini­tial find­ings re­ported the po­lice trainee may have suf­fered from heat stroke.

While Frades’ med­i­cal tests also showed he was phys­i­cally fit to un­dergo train­ing, his death was later at­trib­uted to hy­poxic is­chemic en­cephalopa­thy (HIE), which is when the brain is de­prived of oxy­gen. Ac­cord­ing to Hope for HIE, an or­ga­ni­za­tion de­voted to rais­ing aware­ness about HIE, it of­ten af­fects ba­bies and in­fants. Among the known causes in­clude aneurysm rup­ture and car­diac ar­rest.

Bu­lala­cao said, while the train­ing team, which is com­posed of uni­formed mem­bers of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice, per­formed their du­ties un­der the pre­sump­tion of reg­u­lar­ity, he or­dered an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent.

The PRO-6 chief also ex­tended his con­do­lences to Frades’ fam­ily and as­sured them all ben­e­fits and claims would be pro­cessed.

He added, re­sults of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be made pub­lic once com­pleted and all due dili­gence and care are be­ing ex­er­cised to pre­vent sim­i­lar in­ci­dents from hap­pen­ing in the fu­ture.

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