Firefighter Angels In Chinatown

Pamela Young
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Wednesday - May 06, 2009
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Dear Pamela,

I fell on the sidewalk at the corner of Kukui and Maunakea. Two very concerned and caring Samaritans from the Central Fire Station came to my aid, making sure I was OK.

If not, I would have sat there forever, unable to get up. My neighbor tried to pull me up, but he had a bad back and possibly arthritis in his fingers. He fell on his back.

A billion mahalos to Flores and his battalion chief. They deserve some sort of commendations. I am forever grateful to them.

May Ching


Dear May,

Capt. Terry Seelig identifies Destry Flores and Battalion Chief Scott Lawton as your emergency responders.

“They saw the lady in distress and stopped to assist,” he says. “It’s standard procedure since the stations have all the medical equipment for initial care in these situations.”

three star

Aloha Pamela,

I would like to thank the delivery driver who came to our aid in Kaneohe.

My daughter had just dropped off my granddaughter at school when she discovered she had a flat tire.

With three kids under age 3 in the car and in the pouring rain, she called my son (he was in the dentist chair) for help and then pulled into the Aloha Station near Kaiser Koolau to wait for help.

The driver saw her predicament and quickly helped her with the tire and advised her to purchase a new tire instead of trying to make it home. Being on a delivery schedule and the weather conditions would have made it understandable to look the other way when seeing someone in trouble. Our family really appreciates the aloha spirit demonstrated by this wonderful gentleman.

the Jerome Nozawa ohana

Dear Nozawas,

The delivery driver was Josh Ibrao. At his employer’s request, we are not printing the name of the company.


three star

Dear Pamela,

During a recent power outage we had an emergency situation. My husband is on an air purifier and he is bedridden.

The next morning his oxygen tanks were running low. Thank God my sons came over and started the generator so we could use his air purifier again. Then, at 10 a.m., Pac Med delivered four more tanks. Mahalo to Pac Med and my wonderful sons for helping us.

Momi Malina

Dear Momi,

Pac Med owner Keith Matsunaga says the company’s emergency preparedness plan goes into action automatically in the event of a power outage. “It’s part of being a medical service provider,” he says. “We call all the patients to make sure they’re OK. If we can’t reach them by phone we send the trucks out to check on them. That day we had to climb 14 flights of stairs in a dark stairwell to reach a patient. We want our patients know that we are thinking about them.”

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