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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 11, 2003

 MAYOR HONORS WATER SAFETY OFFICERS FOR HEROIC RESCUE AND UNPRECEDENTED EMT CERTIFICATION

             Mayor Jeremy Harris today recognized three water safety officers who rescued a visitor at Waimanalo Beach last year and nine other lifeguards who have just received national certification as Emergency Medical Technicians-Basic (EMT-B).  The ceremonies were held in the mayor’s conference room at 11 a.m.

             Last October 24, Water Safety Officers Ben Severson, Billy Goodwin and Fred Marumoto attended to visitor William Nathan, who had been thrown by a wave into the shallow bottom of Waimanalo Beach while boogie boarding, sustaining serious head and neck injuries.   As first responders, Lifeguards Severson, Goodwin and Marumoto stabilized the patient and proceeded to immobilize Mr. Nathan’s neck and spine to prevent further injury.

Their quick response and excellent pre-hospital treatment, described by the emergency room physician as “the best pre-hospital care ever seen,” contributed to the patient’s stabilization, prevention of further injury and excellent recovery.   Mayor Jeremy Harris this morning presented Certificates of Merit to Officers Severson, Goodwin and Marumoto.

 Mayor Harris today also recognized nine lifeguards who have successfully completed a national Emergency Medical Technician-Basic program, making them the first water safety officers in Hawaii to achieve certification as Emergency Medical Technicians-Basic.  These lifeguards now join just a few others in the nation who are qualified in both pre-hospital emergency care and first responder training. 

            “The goal of the city’s Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division has always been to provide exemplary, world-class lifeguard services for residents and visitors of Honolulu.  I am proud to say that these recent achievements simply reinforce the fact that our ocean safety officers are some of the most qualified, well trained and dedicated professionals in the world,” said Mayor Jeremy Harris.

            The nine lifeguards who received their Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Certificates are James Barros, Timothy Brandon, Jay Fake, Cody Hesser, Jude Parker, Dwight Perkins, Jonathan Shirley, James Sloan and Sean Vandine. 

Hawaii’s lifeguards are currently required to complete a nationally recognized U. S.  Department of Transportation First Responder program, administration of oxygen, advanced bandaging, spinal immobilization, performance of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), use of an Automated External Defibrillation (AED), annual retraining and refresher courses.

            The National EMT – Basic Certification is a partnership between the Kapiolani Community College Emergency Medical Services Training Program and the City and County of Honolulu’s Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division.  Candidates receive instruction from Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians and instructors from the Kapiolani Community College’s Emergency Medical Services Training Program.  Successful candidates must complete both written and practical skills testing to achieve certification. 

             For more information contact Ralph Goto, Ocean Safety Administrator, 922-3888.

 

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