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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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