BFP Bicol chief dies of heart attack while swimming

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Ms. Aida A. Naz, PIA Bicol receives a Certificate of Appreciation from  BFP V Director S/Supt Leonardo Prades Jr., during  the 22nd Bureau of Fire Protection Anniversary Celebration and Rank Investiture Ceremony  held at Legazpi Central Fire Station, Brgy. Dapdap, Legazpi City last August  5, 2013. PHOTO BY ALEX CAL/PIA
Ms. Aida A. Naz, PIA Bicol receives a Certificate of Appreciation from BFP V Director S/Supt Leonardo Prades Jr., during the 22nd Bureau of Fire Protection Anniversary Celebration and Rank Investiture Ceremony held at Legazpi Central Fire Station, Brgy. Dapdap, Legazpi City last August 5, 2013. PHOTO BY ALEX CAL/PIA

LEGAZPI CITY, 12Sept2013 (PNA) – The head of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Bicol drowned on Tuesday afternoon while swimming off the coastal waters of Barangay (village) Puro here, an official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) city office said today.

Fire Senior Supt. Leonardo Prades, 55, married and BFP Bicol regional director, was found dead floating at the waters of Legazpi City Boulevard at about 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, said Supt. Robert Morico, Legazpi City Police Office chief.

Morico said members of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) who were at that time jogging at the boulevard reported having sighted a body floating lifeless some 200 meters from the shorelines of the boulevard.

The PCG men immediately retrieved the floating body, which they later learned to be that of Prades and appeared to be stiffed and with a bluish-colored face.

Initial investigation of the responding scene-of-the-crime operatives said the victim died due to drowning since there were no signs of struggle and foul play manifested on the victim’s body.

The Isuzu Crosswind service vehicle of the victim remained intact and parked along the city boulevard.

Autopsy finding indicated that Prades suffered from cardiac arrest and died while he was swimming.

Chief Inspector Damian Rejano, city fire chief, told the PNA in a phone interview that the victim was a health buff, who regularly jogged, biked and swam at the city boulevard.

Rejano said a victim’s staff saw him biking at around 6 a.m. on that fateful day and that after biking he went back to the regional office and returned to the boulevard on board his service vehicle.

At around past seven, clad in warmer vest and BFP athletic short, Prades went swimming until he was found dead floating, Rejano said.

The victim, who is a native of Camarines Sur, was brought this morning to Naga City where his remains lie at the Imperial Funeral Homes.

Prades is survived by his wife Aurora, daughter Lea Zara and sons Winston John, Don Christoper and Nico Jefferson.(PNA)

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