‘Heat stroke’ kills PNPA cadet

A YOUNG Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) cadet reportedly died of heat stroke while participating in their  mess formation inside the Sta. Rosa City-based police training institution  on Wednesday afternoon, officials said yesterday.

Cadet 4th Class Kenneth Ross Alvarado collapsed while participating in the evening mess formation 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and was immediately taken by his fellow cadets to the Academy Health Service for treatment before being referred to Qualimed Hospital in Sta. Rosa City after he complained of having 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., a PNPA report said. The cadet’s mother rushed to the hospital after she learned of the incident.

The PNPA, the country’s premier institution for police, jail and fire officers said it is mourning the death of Alvarado.

PNP chief, 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 also ordered PNPA director, Major Gen. Jose Chiquito M. Malayo to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident.

Following the death of the cadet, Malayo said they will implement additional measures during the initial stage of training of members of PNPA Class of 2024.

The measures include requiring the cadets to mandatorily drink 10 glasses of water and provision of two canteen cups of water in bandolier which will form part of the cadets’ uniform.

Malayo said drills will also be momentarily held in the PNPA’s shaded areas and progressive exercises will be in two parts” three rounds of 600-meter run around the parade ground during the 1st day and four rounds of the same run after three days.

The PNPA plan to have the cadets run 10 rounds of exercise until their Incorporation Day.

The PNPA Class of 2024 has 306 members composed of 254 males and 52 females who underwent a reception last July 3.