Cop chief dies in Rider’s training

THE 46-year old head of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office on  Tuesday succumbed to injuries he sustained while undergoing a Motorcycle Rider’s training making him the latest police officer to be killed or maimed while taking the tough Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group-supervised course.

A member of PNP Academy Class 1994, Lieutenant Colonel Nelson Aganon passed away at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Polymedic Medical Plaza where he was rushed and declared on a coma status after suffering a serious head injury while performing one of the dangerous HPG motorcycle riding training course last May 23.

“The PNP high command mourns the passing of Colonel Aganon who succumbed to serious injuries suffered during training. His death is a huge loss to the PNP particularly the CDO CPO that he ably led in his last command assignment,” said PNP spokesman, Colonel Bernard M. Banac.

Banac said that the family of the late police official will receive all benefits due him since he died in the line of duty, actually fulfilling a PNP individual capability enhancement program.

Cagayan City Mayor Oscar Moreno led his constituents in paying tribute and expressing full sympathies to the family of Aganon whom the former described as “a person and public servant who possessed positive values”. He also ordered the local government to fly the colors at half-mast.

A native of Nueva Ecija, Aganon was one of the 70 participants in the 45-day HPG-supervised motorcycle riding course at Camp Evangelista.

According to Police Regional Office 10 spokesman, Lt. Col. Surki Sereñas, Aganon was injured when his motorcycle took a nosedive while he was performing a basic motorcycle jump.