A cadet of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) succumbed to heat stroke Thursday.

The PNPA said Cadet Fourth Class Kenneth Ross Alvarado collapsed at 5:30 p.m. during a mess formation.

Alvarado was immediately brought to the Academy Health Service and then transferred to the Qualimed Hospital in Sta Rosa, Laguna as he was suffering from breathing difficulty.

“The cadet was in the hospital at about 6:05 p.m. and appropriate medical intervention was immediately given to the patient cadet. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it and was declared dead at 9:56 p.m.,” the PNPA said.

The cadet’s father was a member of PNPA Tagapagpatupad Class of 1992.

PNP Chief Archie Gamboa ordered a probe to avoid similar incidents in the future. He also ordered additional measures such as the mandatory intake of a minimum 10 glasses of water, provision of two canteen cups filled with water as part of the cadets’ uniform, the temporary holding of drills in the shaded area, and the implementation of progressive exercises.

Currently on training at the PNPA are 254 male and 52 female cadets. Jojo Mangahis