Armando E. D`Alessandro L. “The Commodore”
The poet Antonio Porpetta says that when the sun goes down, the angels of the sea drag out the drowned ones to nearby beaches to save their lives. With such a lifeguard spirit, the Dominican Marine Rescuers (Auxiliares Navales Dominicanos “AND” as in Spanish) has been around since 2009. Armando D`Alessandro is the head of this organization that works towards the general welfare to look after the unprotected ones, sometimes the sea suddenly put them at risk and that is when the AND comes around to help. It is a 24-hour service that is alert and stay active permanently, according to the records, it has saved around 400 victims since its beginning.
The 887-09 act approved the creation of the AND. It is an institution that reports to the Dominican Army and is under the command of the Vice Admiral Miguel E. Peña Acosta. It is integrated by 380 volunteers divided in 6 teams; Haina, La Romana, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Samaná, and Santo Domingo. They are responsible for rescuing, searching and promoting the marine safety. The AND also grants protection to those who fall in catastrophic situations through an Operation Joint Command (Comando de Operaciones Conjuntas – COE) in where the army has a permanent participation.
Aerial rescuing and saving, education, environment, boat inspection and technology are the main duties of this organization. Interconnected, yet Independent units that work together in different seasonal activities such as holy week, carnival, etc. They provide a mixed patrol service, along the coast and the main beach locations in the country and operate at La Bahía de Ocoa, la Playa Palenque, Boca Chica, Bayahibe and Palmilla, La Romana and Punta Cana, Playa Juanillo, Playa Blanca, Bávaro, and supervise all areas from Cabeza de Toro to el Cortecito.
There are families that are the most admired and trusted by many due to their willingness to grow, facing challenges and taking advantage of opportunities. They have been in the generational change in this constantly changing world in the last few years. European immigrants who came to Dominican Republic to start up a new life and have succeeded after many years of hard work.
The D`Alessandro´s family is not the exception to the rule. Even though the gruesome relationship between the Hispaniola with countries from the old continent (Europe) and the American occupation threats made by Theodore Roosvelt while imposing the Monroe doctrine, The D`Alesaandro family made it to Dominican Republic in 1927.
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