President Ma pays respects to deceased village administrator.


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1President Ma pays respects to deceased village administrator .
2President Ma Ying-jeou paid his respects Thursday to a deceased village administrator who slipped to his death during a daring effort to save his village in Yunlin County on a night when Typhoon Morakot was raging .
3Ma visited the home of Miu Jung-tang , head of the Chinghan Village Office in Yunlin County 's Kouhu township , and offered his condolences to Miu 's family .
4Miu , 47 , is survived by his wife , their four children and his 80-year-old father who has been confined to a sick bed for years .
5Miu braved strong winds and heavy rains on the night of Aug. 9 to climb onto a drainage channel near the coastal area of Chinghan Village to close the water gate and thus prevent the village from being inundated by waves kicked up by the typhoon .
6However , immediately after closing the water gate , he slipped and fell into the channel where he drowned .
7Praising Miu 's efforts as heroic , Ma said Miu showed great courage in the face of danger and was a national role model .
8Ma said he will see to it that Miu 's family receives good condolence compensation from the government .
9Meanwhile , the Yunlin County government in southern Taiwan presented a special certificate of commendation for bravery to Miu 's family Wednesday and renamed the water gate as the Jung Tang Water Gate in commemoration of the late administrator .