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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           August 31, 2006








The Honolulu Emergency Services Department’s, Junior Paramedic Program was presented with the American Heart/American Stroke Association Young Hearts Award during a ceremony held on August 29, 2006 at the Waialae Country Club.  The Young Heart Award recognizes young persons or group, age16 or under, for outstanding contributions to, and support for, the American Heart/American Stroke Association’s mission and goals.

"We are honored to be recognized with this award," said Dr. Elizabeth Char, director of the Honolulu Emergency Services Department.  "This is a reflection of all the hard work and dedication the students put into making this program as successful as it is."

The Junior Paramedic Program offered through the City’s Emergency Medical Services Division, affords participants a unique opportunity to learn through classroom instruction as well as direct interaction with paramedics, emergency medical personnel, and other 911 responders.   The four-week program is typically completed in July but the students’ dedication and hard work does not end there.  


“Since these students are trained in CPR and first aid, they become a vital link in the first-responder community,” said Junior Paramedic Program Director Ian Santee. “They continue to foster and develop these skills by volunteering at various community events, such as the American Heart Association's Annual Heart Walk, the Hawaii Senior Fair and the Bishop Museum’s Family Day, to name just a few.”


This is the second year of the City’s Junior Paramedic Program.






Bryan Cheplic, HESD Public Information Officer, 831-4383

*Pictures of the award ceremony available upon request.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

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