Heroic firefighter dies in line of duty, leaves pregnant wife behind

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A firefighter trying to control a fire. (Photo: Getty Images)
A firefighter trying to control a fire. (Photo: Getty Images)

A senior firefighter was killed on duty while trying to put out a blaze in the municipality of Polangui in Albay province on Monday (Jan 24), leaving behind his pregnant wife and his children.

Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) regional spokesman in Bicol Aramis Balde, identified the fatality as 38-year-old Senior Fire Officer 1 Ramon Quiapon Jr. of Polangui Fire Station.

Fire Inspector Balde said that Quiapon, the team leader of the responding firemen, was working to put out the blaze in a hardware store in Ubaliw village at around 1:30 p.m. when the fire officer suddenly collapsed.

Quiapon was reportedly rushed to the municipal health office for medical treatment but was announced dead on arrival by attending physician Dr. Mario Cerillo.

Libon, Oas, and Ligao City fire stations also responded to help put out the fire, which was extinguished at around 3 p.m.

The BFP, which estimated the damage at P2 million, is currently investigating the cause of the fire.

Officer Quiapon’s wife, Amy Quiapon, announced in a Facebook post on the same day her husband died that she was pregnant, calling it a gift for her late spouse.

On Wednesday, President of the Association of Barangay Captains Adrian Salceda awarded a resolution recognizing the heroism and bravery of Quiapon.

The councilors of Polangui town will reportedly chip in for financial assistance to the family of the firefighter.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. The views expressed are her own.

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