December 2, 2013

Francisco Camacho Melendez - a Good Samaritan who died in San Pedro, California

Francisco Camacho Melendez, age 36, of Compton, died on November 30, 2013, at Cabrillo Beach breakwater, San Pedro, California.

Francisco was known as Pancho to his family and friends.

After 6:00 a.m., he was one of several people who jumped into the water to save a 14 year old boy and a 49 year old man who had been swept away by high waves.

The two had been fishing from the breakwater, which is a popular gathering spot for fishing and for taking photos. The rock jetty separates the Port of Los Angeles from the ocean and can sometimes be washed over by wakes from passing ships or large swells from distant storms.

The 49-year-old man made his way out of the water on his own. The 14-year-old was pulled from the water by rescue divers and transported to a hospital.

Francisco was pulled from the water but had no pulse. Rescuers performed CPR as they transported him to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Port Police at 310-732-
The Good Samaritan comes to the aid
of strangers, selflessly. 

Family members are devastated by Francicso's death. He will forever be mourned.

His wife, Olga Diaz, stated that Pancho would have saved anybody. It was just like him to come to the aid of those in peril.

He is a true hero to his family and loved ones.

Pancho is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife, Olga Diaz, and six children.

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and gone the next.

Pray for all die while coming to the aid of others. They are the Good Samaritans. They are the true heroes of this world.

Pray that Pancho is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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