Acknowledging First Aid Volunteers
Wednesday - December 07, 2011
At the recent Okinawan Festival, our 90-year-old father was overcome by the heat and fainted. A very helpful woman sitting nearby called for first aid assistance and stayed with my sister and dad until we returned from a nearby tent. She held an umbrella for shade and aided the festival’s volunteer nurse in applying cool cloths to help revive him. After being checked at the emergency room, he was sent home and is doing well. Please help us to acknowledge and thank volunteer nurse Eleanor Miyasaki and the compassionate unnamed Good Samaritans for their help at a very tense time. Mahalo also to the able firemen, who were the first responders, and the EMTs for their expertise and kindness, and a pat on the back to the festival organizers who provided an efficient and well-prepared first aid station. To all a very heartfelt Neehei deebiru!
Your letter has come at just the right time. Retired nurse Eleanor Miyasaki, who has volunteered to set up first aid stations at many community events, was considering leaving the job to someone else. “Sometimes you don’t know if what you do is appreciated. I usually call up 10 to 12 of my friends to volunteer at these events, and I’ll be happy to share this letter with them. They need to know they are appreciated, too.”
I would like to thank my neighbor and dear friend Emi for all her help and guidance. Recently my husband and I separated. Shortly after was my 4-year-old son’s party. Emi came over and helped me clean the house. She actually got on her hands and knees to scrub the stains off the floor. I always wanted to thank her and show my appreciation. That’s why I’m writing to you. In August, both my grandparents passed away. Once again, she was there for me. It has been a trying year, and I would like to say mahalo nui loa!
“We just ran into each other again,” says Emi Ehrler. “We used to be childhood friends, and then our kids started playing together and that’s how we met again. She has two kids and I have four. The APPLAUSE she gave me works both ways. It’s nice to have someone close by to talk to. We have mommy time.”
I would like to extend a warm mahalo to Kapolei High School principal Elden Esmerelda and his staff for the aloha he showed us Leilehua Mules fans at a football matchup of the two schools. As an 88-year-old man with a cane, I was hobbling in the vast parking lot to the stadium gate, along with my daughter and 89-year-old sister-in-law. Mr. Esmerelda offered to give us a ride in his golf cart. He even let us off at the gate closest to the visitors’ stands rather than the main gate.
After the game, another administrator gave us a ride to our car. Before letting us off, he praised the good play of our team, which won the game by a touchdown. We greatly appreciate their generosity and hospitality in helping the two of us senior citizens.
Dear Mr. Honda,
“Service and security,” says Kapolei High principal Elden Esmerelda, “are our first concerns. Our entire crew is there to help the community. It doesn’t matter who does it. What matters is that it gets done.”
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