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Runner comes to the aide of fellow athlete out on the pavement

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We proudly present this month's Good Neighbor segment featuring a good Samaritan in our community and highlighting their everyday acts of selflessness. This month, we catch up with a runner who came to the rescue when a fellow runner needed help on the pavement.  

Meet Angilie De Alba. She's a regular at weekend races--and a real-life hero.

"On Dec. 1, Saturday morning, we were running the NetCare Plumeria 10K/5K, and I was running a 10K that morning. Around 6:30 that morning in my second mile, almost my third, I slowed down in front of the Agana public library."

That's when she saw a racer on the pavement. The stranger was face down on the street. A woman, by his side, was already on the phone with 911.

"Normally, when you observe a fall injury, you don't move them; however, at that time I had to make a decision," De Alba said.

Angilie is CPR certified as a psychiatric technician at the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center.

"When we checked on him, of course, you have to do an assessment, if he was responding," she said. "By the time we turned him over, his nose was bleeding - there were secretions on his mouth. And when we laid his flat, there was a time when I remember he was almost catching his breath, but you could tell his eyes was already rolling,. After checking, his chest was not rising and applying the CPR, we knew at that time he did not have any pulse. And after checking it, he wasn't breathing initially. We had to prompt the CPR on him."

The runner's partner arrived at the scene--just in time to provide the rescue breaths, guided by Angilie.

Others stopped to help, offering their water and flagging down medics.

"What was going through my mind at that time, you just have to be a link to that survival," she said. "One of those links to that chain of survival. You just have to do your best and just help because it's scary and terrifying at the same time."

Her quick thinking helped save Armando Tolentino, Jr. He tells KUAM he doesn't remember the events leading to his collapse, but thanks De Alba from the bottom of his heart.

"Understanding how you apply the CPR, it's a prepared skill," she said. "In that moment, I knew what I was doing at that time and just being able to apply that in real life was also surreal. We were just fortunate that the Advance Life Support arrived too, to jumpstart his heart with the defibrillator. It was just on time. Just being able to wake up, it's a blessing."

As this month's Good Neighbor recipient, Title Guaranty will donate $100 to Angilie's charity of choice. She picked the Guam Running Club - and encourages other runners to always have some form of I.D. or contact number on them when out on the streets.

"We never know what can happen to us when we're out there," she said.

You'll see more of Angilie on the pavement. She tells KUAM she's currently training for her first marathon - the United Airlines Guam Marathon - in 2019.

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