Cop gets medal, certificate

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

PO1 MARK Anthony Cabahug received a Medalya ng Kagalingan from the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 for saving an athlete who lost her balance on the Marcelo Fernan Bridge during the bicycle leg of the Ironman 70.3 last Sunday.

PRO 7 Director Prudencio Tom Bañas and Acting Lapu-Lapu City Police Office Director Senior Supt. Armando Radoc handed the medal to Cabahug after he was wheeled out of the operating room of the Mactan Doctors’ Hospital around 2 p.m. yesterday.

Cabahug underwent a four-hour operation after he suffered a fractured right arm when Melissa Baron hit him as she was going down the bridge.


Baron also visited him in the hospital to thank him for cushioning her fall, otherwise she would have been seriously hurt.

In the line of duty

Aside from the medal, the PRO 7 also gave Cabahug, who was assigned at crowd control that day, a certificate for his heroic deed.

A representative from Sunrise Events Inc. also gave Cabahug a Timex watch, financial assistance and a visor signed by Ironman 2012 champion Pete Jacobs.

Cabahug was grateful for the recognition.

“Trabaho ra man pud to namo nga magbantay sa crowd ba nya natimingan lang didto padong sa akoa ang kadtong cyclist (It was our job to control the crowd and it just so happened that the cyclist lost her balance and landed on me),” he said.

Bañas said Cabahug risked his life to protect the athlete.

“Ganitong mga (This kind of) action you know is really laudable and I know the community appreciates this kind of act na nagawa ng ating mga kapulisan (that our policemen have done),” he said.

Radoc said Baron would have crashed into the railings if Cabahug wasn’t in the way.


He said he has already informed Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza about what happened and the mayor will provide financial assistance to Cabahug.

Baron, who brought two baskets of fruits, met Cabahug’s wife Ruby outside the operating room.

Baron, who came to Cebu from Singapore for the Ironman, was sorry about what happened.

Baron told Sun.Star Cebu she tried to put on the brakes but her bicycle slid and she ended up hitting Cabahug.

She said she wanted to check Cabahug’s condition, but the crowd shouted at her to go on.

Baron, who originally hails from Mindoro, finished the race in seven hours and 13 minutes.

It was only yesterday that she found out Cabahug was in the hospital.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 06, 2014.

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