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MAYOR AWARDS OCEAN SAFETY, EMERGENCY MEDICAL LIFESAVERS
(Tues., Feb. 1, 2011)—Mayor Peter Carlisle today presented Lifesaver Awards to a team of Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services personnel and Emergency Medical Services paramedics who recently saved a surfer from a life-threatening situation.
“So many men and women who serve in the Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services and Emergency Medical Services Division go unrecognized for their hard and dangerous work,” said
On January 16, 2011, surfer Derrick Mirikitani wiped out on a large wave at
“This truly took a team effort,” said Honolulu Emergency Services Department Director James Ireland, MD. “This rescue occurred on a day with such large wave heights that very few people would venture to enter the water. Yet, our trained professionals were able to save this man and take charge of a critical situation within seconds.”
The Mayor recognized the following from the Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services: Captain Klaus Van Der Leeden, Lt. Vitor Marcal, Michael Jutt, Mark Dombroski, Abe Lerner, Jeff Okuyama, Kerry Atwood and Andrew Logreco. The paramedics recognized were Jeffrey Hughes and Eric Chiavetta.
The Honolulu Emergency Services Department consists of the Emergency Medical Services Division, which provides emergency ambulance services on Oahu, and the Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division, whose water safety officers protect beachgoers on