POLICE Regional Office 2 director, Brigadier General Jose Mario M. Espino has conferred the posthumous Philippine National Police Medalya ng Kadakilaan or PNP Heroism Medal on Police Staff Sergeant Richard D. Gumarang, the Isabela policeman who was killed in a gunbattle with four fleeing robbers in Ramon municipality last Friday afternoon.
The medal was received by Gumarang’s widow Michelle during ceremonies which highlighted the bravery and heroism of the latter, the latest police officer who was killed in the line of duty.
PNP chief, General Oscar D. Albayalde also paid tribute to the slain policeman as he offered his deepest sympathies to the cop’s family. “The PNP leadership assures the families and kin of the fallen hero cop of the financial support and social benefits due to police personnel who offered the supreme sacrifice in line of duty. On behalf of a grateful nation, the PNP high command extends condolences to the bereaved family of PSSg Richard Gumarang,” the PNP chief said.
Gumarang was cited for bravery and heroism, above and beyond the call of duty, when he engaged two robbery suspects in a gunbattle in Turod Bugallon Norte, Ramon, Isabela last September 20.
In addition to the posthumous award, surviving kin of Gumarang will receive death benefits which include P250,000 from the President’s Social Fund between P141,000 up to P181,000 as Special Financial Assistance from the PNP burial benefits worth P50,000 and P200,000 gratuity from the National Police Commission.