Quezon City salutes ‘hero’ traffic enforcer

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 24) — The local government of Quezon City honored a traffic enforcer who sacrificed his life to save a pedestrian from being run over by a loaded trailer truck along Bonifacio Avenue.

“We salute the bravery and heroism of Traffic Enforcer Jeffrey Antolin of our Quezon City Traffic and Transport Management Department," Mayor Joy Belmonte said in a statement. "Antolin went above and beyond the call of duty.”

Antolin was directing the heavy flow of traffic on Wednesday when a crossing pedestrian was almost hit by the truck which failed to follow his hand signals, according to the LGU.

“Antolin quickly reacted by pushing the pedestrian out of harm’s way, but unfortunately was himself hit and run over by the trailer truck,” it said.

Antolin was pulled from under the truck and was rushed to MCU Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Belmonte said the truck driver will face charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide.

The mayor added that whoever is found responsible “will be held accountable and penalized to the fullest extent of the law.”

“The Quezon City Government condoles with the family and loved ones of Antolin and will provide all the needed assistance during this time of loss and grief,” the LGU said.

“The supreme sacrifice and heroism of Antolin serve as an inspiration to everyone in the Quezon City Government," it added. "We thank him and his family for his service to the people of Quezon City."