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            (Wednesday, August 11, 2010) Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell presented lifesaver awards to personnel from the City and County of Honolulu's Emergency Services Division (HESD) for saving a patient from a life-threatening situation.  Paramedic's Vince Conte and Jeff Zuckernick, along with EMS Dispatcher Kim Miyasato were honored on Wednesday, August 11, 2010, at 9:45 a.m. in the Mayor's Office at Honolulu Hale.


            The incident, which occurred on July 17th, involved a person choking on a piece of food.  EMS dispatcher Miyasato instructed family members to perform the Heimlich maneuver.  Once paramedics Conte and Zuckernick arrived on the scene, they repeated abdominal thrusts, which completely opened the patient's airway, and transported him to the hospital in stable condition.


            "The goal of the City's Emergency Medical Services division is to provide exemplary pre-hospital care to our community," said Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell.  "I'm very proud to say that the latest response simply reinforced the fact that our emergency medical service personnel are among the most qualified, best-trained and dedicated professionals anywhere."


"The City's Emergency Medical Services is regularly acknowledged as one of the best emergency medical service agencies in the country," said Honolulu Emergency Services Department Acting Director James Ireland, MD.  "We appreciate that the Acting Mayor and the City continue to recognize the high-level care that our department provides to the citizens and visitors of Oahu."


The department of Honolulu Emergency Services includes of the division of Emergency Medical Services, which provides emergency ambulance services on Oahu.  Ireland said, "In addition, first responders from the division of Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services are our unsung heroes who look out and protect beachgoers everyday in the City and County of Honolulu."




Bryan Cheplic, HESD Public Information Officer, 723-7814