“HE IS a good man. He is workaholic, sincere, and should serve as an example to the Philippine National Police (PNP).”

This was how Ellen Sarad described her husband, Police Officer 3 Edmund Sarad, who was killed on the road while he was pursuing a “hit and run” suspect at Hernaez Extension, Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City Tuesday.

She said her husband died because he responded to the call of duty to serve the people.

“He already finished his duty, but then he responded and tried to chase the suspect in a ‘hit and run incident,’” Mrs. Sarad said.

Sarad, a native of Hinigaran town, passed away at the age of 51. He served in the PNP for almost 23 years. He was assigned at the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) Traffic Management Unit (TMU) at the time of his death.

He was formerly assigned at the Regional Mobile Group and the Hinigaran Municipal Police Station.

Sarad is survived by his wife and children Genesis, 23 and Edlen, 21.

The remains of Sarad lie in state at the BCPO headquarters and will be brought to Hinigaran on Monday.

Investigation showed at about 8:50 p.m., Sarad went after the Nissan Frontier with plate number WRP 158 driven by Antonio Chua, 45, that was involved in a “hit and run” accident at Burgos-Lacson Streets.

Sarad was about to go home when he monitored that the suspect was travelling towards Circumferential Road. He responded and caught up with the Nissan Frontier at Hernaez Extension. The driver refused to stop and apparently hit Sarad while he was pursuing him.

Chua, who is detained at the lock up cell of Police Station 6, has been charged for reckless imprudence resulting to homicide and damage to property.

Senior Supt. Larry Decena, officer-in-charge of BCPO, has earlier said Sarad performed a heroic act when he responded to a call for assistance even when he was already off-duty.