'ROTC cadet catches fellow student who jumped off 5th floor'

'ROTC cadet catches fellow student who jumped off 5th floor'

This is one for the books.

Time and time again in this current administration that lobbyist have been very adamant in the call of making the Reserved Officers Training Course (ROTC) for reasons that it will instill discipline, patriotism, and love of country in our youth.

A ROTC cadet has saved the life of his fellow student when the latter jumped from the ledge of the five story building of their school.

Mart Stephen Navarro (in green) was made an adopted son of Dagupan City by the Sangguniang Panlungsod on Nov. 19, 2019. (photo credit to PNA)

Mart Stephen Navarro, a 20 year old criminology student inn Dagupan city , did not think twice in saving his fellow student.

The incident happened during the weekend, and they were having ROTC training with their fellow cadets and officers.

“We were on a break after our morning formation, when I saw, along with other students who were at the school, the student who was about to jump off from the ledge of the five-storey building while his father was negotiating with her,” he said.

He immediately called the attention of his platoon leader, the latter promptly commanded the other cadets and officers to respond to the situation.

“The officers made a formation in order to catch the student. The events were so sudden and she jumped off on the other side away from the rescuers, but near my location so I hurried to catch her as I was the nearest to where she might fall. I caught her but the impact left me with (an) injured right leg knee cap. We were both rushed to the nearby hospital,” he said.
Navarro attributed the quick response to God, and the discipline he learned from undergoing ROTC.
“I advise young people like me to entrust everything to the Lord, whatever your problems are,” he said.

For Navarro’s heroic act he was awarded with a four-year scholarship by his his school as well as the city government of Dagupan and his hometown Calasiao, Pangasinan. He was also made an adopted son of Dagupan City through a resolution of the Sangguniang Panlungsod for his heroic act.

Navarro was also promoted to ROTC Cadet 2nd Lt. Officer.
ROTC coordinator Arnold Subang emphasized that undergoing ROTC is not merely just for attendance, cadets are made to undergo

different trainings that teach them survival or first-aid or rescue; preparedness; discipline, patriotism and love for countrymen, among others.

“It is important for young people to be always prepared of possible incidents, such as what might happen in the school or even outside their schools. They need to be aware on what they should do in times of emergencies and even disasters,” he said.

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