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Two SWAT trainees hospitalized

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 by Krystal Paco

Guam - Two Guam Police Department officers were taken to the hospital after training exercises in the field, with one of the men fighting for his life. GPD has launched an investigation to determine what caused a veteran police officer to collapse early Wednesday morning.   

Chief of Police Fred Bordallo said, "Anytime that there is an officer in a training capacity gets injured or hurt in the process, it's always routine for us to conduct an investigation." He said the officer is one of 17 men in the GPD Special Weapons and Tactics Cycle 9. Wednesday morning the men were training at Eagles Field in Mangilao when he collapsed and was transported to Naval Hospital.

NRMC spokesperson Jennifer Zengalie confirms the man remains in critical condition, saying, "Obviously in incidents like this we certainly don't want to have anyone injured or lose their life as they're going through any Guam Police Department training."

The officer has been with the force for the last 17 years. According to GPD spokesperson Officer A.J. Balajadia, SWAT Cycle 9 started just this week and today marked day three of trainings. And while the veteran officer fights for his life, a second officer was taken by police to the Guam Memorial Hospital Wednesday afternoon where he is being treated for possible dehydration.

Despite the incidents, Bordallo confirms each of the men completed screenings prior to their enrollment in the SWAT Academy. "The first thing that's required before anyone can even participate in the SWAT Academy is that the SWAT instructors have all the applications for the ones who want to go through the SWAT training - to have them go through a physical assessment to make sure that they are able to meet the physical standards for the SWAT training that they're going to be undergoing," he said.

Bordallo also confirms that GPD's SWAT cycle instructors are highly trained personnel who put strong emphasis on safety. "The SWAT Academy is actually conducted by swat personnel. They've already been through their SWAT trainings. So they have the ability to conduct training and some of them through their experience can apply CPR and first aid should anything happen," he said.

Meanwhile, Bordallo offers his prayers and wishes for a speedy recovery. He said, "I just want to say to the family we're sending our prayers. We're a family: the Guam Police Department."
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