Fire chief found dead in Legazpi waters

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LEGAZPI CITY: Sr. Supt. Leonardo Prades, 55, regional director of Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) was found dead floating at the waters off Puro village in Albay Gulf at around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday still wearing his snorkeling goggles, some 200 meters away from the shoreline here.

His corpse was retrieved by the members of Philippine Coast Guard who were jogging that time at Legazpi Boulevard.

Supt. Robert Morico, Legazpi police chief, said quoting a report from responding scene of the crime operatives here that Prades’s body did not bear any sign of struggle or foul play, adding that he could have drowned while swimming.

The Isuzu Crosswind of the victim was found properly parked beside the boulevard where he was found floating.


The official was known for doing regular exercise that included jogging, biking and swimming. Prades assumed as BFP chief for Bicol in August 2011. Prior to this, he was the director for Comptrollership at the BFP national headquarters in Metro Manila.

Fire Insp. Maria Cemitara, Bicol BFP regional spokesman, said that physicians who conducted the autopsy of Prades’ body told them that the victim suffered from acute myocardial infarction, or cardiac arrest.

Prades, a native of Tinambac, Camarines Sur was already brought to Imperial Funeral Homes in Naga City, his residence.

He is survived by his wife Aurora; daughter Lea Zar; and sons Winston John, Don Christoper, and Nico Jefferson.

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