Firefighters who rescued teen off Jonestown cliff recognized

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero held a special award presentation to acknowledge and commend the bravery of four Guam Fire Department personnel who rescued a 15-year-old teen who fell off a cliff in Tamuning on Tuesday.

It takes a special person to put their life on the line just to save another and earlier today, the Governor held a special ceremony to recognize some of our island’s best and bravest.

On Tuesday morning, a 911 call was made reporting a 15-year-old boy who fell around 100 feet off of the Jonestown Cliff in Tamuning and into the churning tide intensified by the passing winds of Super Typhoon Hagibis.

Members of the Guam Fire Department’s Rescue Unit #2 — Fire Lieutenant Phillip Ennis, Firefighter II Jason Sanchez, and Firefighters Joey Garrido and Darren Apiag — sailed straight through the stormy surf from the Hagatna Boat Basin and arrived at the site.

While being hit with the salty spray and cold gusts from the storm, the firefighters were able to locate the boy, who was being slammed into the reef by the large, swelling waves.

After several attempts to dispatch a life ring, Fire Lieutenant Ennis sent out Firefighter Apiag, who dove straight into the surf and swam about 30 yards and was able to rescue the teen.

“Right when we spotted him from the boat before I entered the water and it looked like he was swimming on his own, it was a big relief that he’s alive and well. So getting him and extracting him was definitely our biggest mission there,” Apiag said.

Apiag then retrieved the boy and got him back to the boat, where the crew provided first aid and helped transport him to the Guam Memorial Hospital for treatment.

And in recognition of the efforts of these members of the fire department, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero held a special award presentation to commend their heroic efforts.