PNPA cadet dies of heatstroke

Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA)

A cadet of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) died on Wednesday due to heatstroke during their initial training at their campus in Silang, Cavite, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said Cadet Fourth Class Kenneth Ross Alvarado suddenly collapsed while participating in evening mess formation at 5:30 PM on July 8.

A co-cadet brought Alvarado to the Academy Health Service before he was referred to a hospital in Sta. Rosa City in Laguna due to difficulty in breathing.

“The cadet was in the hospital at about 6:05 p.m. and appropriate medical intervention was immediately given to the patient cadet unfortunately, he didn’t make it and was declared dead at 9:56 p.m.,” Banac said.

Alvarado’s mother also went to the hospital upon learning about the incident.

PNP chief Police General Archie Gamboa expressed his condolences to the parents and relatives of Alvarado, whose father is also a member of PNPA Tagapagpatupad Class of 1992.

Gamboa has ordered an investigation into the incident, in order to avoid similar incidents from happening in the future.

Meanwhile, PNPA Director Maj. Gen. Jose “Chiquito” Malayo  said they have already started taking initiatives to further ensure the safety of the PNPA students.

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