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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 2, 2005
After being stranded in New Orleans for a week, the four – Melinda Shiraki, Jill Takayama, Rochel Ortiz, and Doreen Kitagawa – managed to get out today with a police escort, said Dr. Libby Char, director of the City Department of Emergency Services.
Char said, “They’re in
The four attended an EMS conference in
Yesterday, they managed to hail a passing police officer, who took them to a command post where they treated injured and ill people. Last night, police took them to a safer facility.
Char said the four went with police to forage for medications and treated more victims. Finally, police arranged for them to leave the city, under escort.
Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann said, “We are very pleased and relieved that our paramedics managed to get out to safety, and we are most grateful to the
“My heart goes out to New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and the hundreds of thousands of other people whose lives were devastated by the hurricane,” added Hannemann, who has launched Operation Katrina Kokua, a drive to collect donations for the American Red Cross.
A booth to collect donations will be set up Monday on Queen’s Beach in Waikiki, where the City’s first Parade of Baseball Champions will end with an evening ceremony honoring Little League and other World Series champions from
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Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767
|Friday, September 02, 2005|