Former CME passes away

The government's chief medical examiner, Dr. Aurelio Espinola retired in January. (PNC file photo)

Dr. Aurelio Espinola, retired chief medical examiner passed away, yesterday.

Dr. Espinola worked as a medical examiner for 25 years until his retirement in 2019. He was inspired to become a doctor after his brother was turned away from treatment due to money. He became an OB/GYN and then studied anesthesiology and forensic pathology.

Dr. Espinola delayed his retirement from age 65 to 77, marking 25 years of public service to Guam’s community, which was honored via Resolution by the 32nd and 34th Guam Legislatures. Gov. Leon Guerrero also issued him the Ancient Order of Chamorri.

Aside from his vast experience in the medical field, Dr. Espinola was an avid boxer and loved cooking.

Krystal Paco-San Agustin – Communications Director for the Governor – worked closely with the late Doctor during her time as a reporter – told PNC, “More than his work in the morgue and on the field solving crimes and bringing closure to countless families, he was a great teacher, and he helped me to understand the mechanics of everything from gunpowder to stab wounds and car crashes.”

Dr. Espinola’s daughter also posted on social media saying, “Dad, I love you so much. Rest in paradise…till we meet again.”

In a statement from Speaker Therese Terlaje, she says, “Dr. Espinola dedicated so much of his life in service to the people of Guam. On behalf of the 36th Guam Legislature and the people of Guam I would like to express a sincere Un Dångkulo Na Si Yu’os Ma’åse’ to his family and send our sincerest condolences.”

The Sorensen Media Group and the Pacific News Center would like to express our deepest gratitude for his service to Guam and we would like to extend our deepest condolences to Dr. Espinola’s friends and family.

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Jannette Samson is a broadcast reporter for the Pacific News Center. Her beats are lifestyle, tourism, and crime, among others. Aside from being a reporter, she is also PNC's social media and web editor. You can sometimes hear her reporting the latest headlines for you on Sorensen Media Group's radio stations and on K57. Some of Jannette's passions include art, beauty, and blogging. She paints, creates prints, and dabbles in various art media in her free time. Jannette is also a self-taught makeup artist. In addition to that, she is a visual artist. Her artwork was featured in many art exhibitions and galleries in Guam such as Imbentibu Famalao'an I at the Castro Art Gallery; Imbentibu Famalao'an II and Body Beautiful at the Lees-Reyes Art Gallery; the 2020 University of Guam Undergraduate Exhibition; and the Annual Research Conference Art Exhibition at the Isla Center for the Arts.