A construction worker who risked his life as a first responder in the July 2021 C-130 “Hercules” plane crash in Patikul, Sulu is now an army soldier of the 11th Infantry “Alakdan” Division based in Jolo, Sulu. It was a dream come true for Erham Awaluddin, whose photo helping an injured crash victim PFC Ganney C. Ligayan went viral in social media.

Accordingly, Awaluddin and a companion rushed to the crash site when they saw the C-130 plane crash while working on a road concreting project in Barangay Bangkal, Patikul. Below is the viral photo of Awaluddin then assisting crash survivor Pfc Ganney Ligayan.

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Actually, it was Awaluddin’s dream to become a soldier so when he applied for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Service Aptitude Test at the Mindanao State University – Sulu, just two days after the crash, officers of the 11th Infantry Division (11ID) quickly recognized him.

Awaluddin along with other C-130 first responders were given medals and certificates on July 15, 2021.

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Last December 9, 2021, the 22-year-old Awaluddin along with 298 other individuals took their oath as new enlisted personnel with the rank of private.

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He is shown below with Ligayan as they reunite at Camp General Teodulfo Bautista in Barangay Busbus, Jolo, the capital town of Sulu.

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photos by 11th Infantry Division

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