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(Thu., May 24, 2012) − Mayor Peter B. Carlisle presented the Paramedic of the Year award to City employee Lorrin Okumura and the Honolulu Lifesaver Award to Iolani School Health Director Shannon Yonamine, R.N.


            Lorrin Okumura, safety specialist with the Honolulu Emergency Services Department, was honored as this year’s Paramedic of the Year.  Okumura developed critical department safety programs and was also involved in developing an infectious disease exposure plan for the City.


Shannon Yonamine was recognized for her performance and quick response in saving the life of a colleague who suffered cardiac arrest on May 4, 2012.


Jason H. Nunogawa, Palolo pool manager, and Pool Aides Deborah J. Chun and Lana Chun were also selected for Honolulu Lifesaver Awards for saving the life of a resident who suffered cardiac arrest at the pool on June 20, 2011.


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Media contact: HESD Director James H.E. Ireland, M.D., 723-7800.