- A fireman experienced something every parent does not want to experience, witnessing the death of their child
-Emergency responder John Darrel Velitario has learned that his daughter was one of the fatalities of the recent accident he responded to
It was like a scene in a dramatic teleserye.
All of Senior Fire Officer 1 John Darrel Velitario's adrenaline rush came crushing down after he found out that the emergency he was responding to resulted to the death of his daughter, Cristine Nikki.
Nikki was riding the motorcycle who collided with a tricycle, Wednesday night along the provincial road in Barangay Santiago Old, Nabua, Camarines Sur.
The fireman said he didn't know that his daughter were amongst the victims of the accident.
"Nung nasa station na kami, parang katawan ng anak ko, kaya tinawagan ko 'yung anak ko saka asawa ko na kontakin si Nikki kung nasaan. Malaman ko lang kung nasaan siya basta malaman ko na okay siya," he said in an interview with TV Patrol Bicol.
He was able to confirm the news after he received a call that his Nikki was involved in an accident.
"Tumawag 'yung nanay nung boyfriend niya. Naaksidente daw si Nikki," he narrated.
John Darrel has always known that his work is hard, but according to him, responding to the death of his own daughter made it a lot harder.
"Ang hirap po sa trabaho namin, may naiinggit na wala daw kaming ginagawa. Pero dapat magpasalamat sila na wala kaming ginagawa. Kasi sa tuwing lalabas ang ambulance, siguradong may taong nasa bingit ng kamatayan. Akala nila ganoon lang kadali trabaho namin," dagdag pa niya.
Nikki was the eldest of his three children. She used to work as a midwife in a local maternity clinic.
The driver of the motorcycle, James Carl Flores, on the other hand, only got minor scratches, similar witha nother passenger of the tricycle.
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