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Phoenix police officer on Hawaiian vacation rescues swimmer

HONOLULU — An off-duty Phoenix police officer saved the life of a swimmer
in Hawaii.

Guillermo Arrubla on Saturday watched a woman jump off a cliff at Spitting
Caves and then struggle to return to shore.

Arrubla entered the water with two life vests and helped the woman put one on.
He stayed with her until a boat from the Honolulu Ocean Safety Division reached
them.

Arrubla was a lifeguard on Long Island, N.Y., and a former New York police
officer until he joined the Phoenix Police Department almost 15 years ago.

He told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the
turbulent water below Spitting Caves made him decide not to jump in until he saw
the woman in distress.

The Ocean Safety Division presented Arrubla with a merit award Sunday.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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