Saying Thanks To Police, Firefighters

Pamela Young
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Wednesday - July 14, 2005
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Dear Pamela,
My home was broken into … well, actually they just walked through the open kitchen door and stole. I was home and on the phone conducting some business in another part of my house. An open door is an invitation these days to come in, steal and produce fear in our hearts.

Please understand I live in a nice neighborhood. It’s an older residential neighborhood and many of the neighbors are at home during the day. We all watch out for each other. I love this neighborhood.

I guess where my mistake was is that I was “living in another time.” It was a time of unlocked doors. Doors, even when we are home, must now be locked. I am hoping that your readers, if they grew up in another time, will take precautions that are now necessary in “today’s world.”

I was fortunate. I was blessed. I did not see the person who went straight for my purse, my wallet and the technology that could be moved out quickly.

There are a few morals to the story and I am intent that only good will come of this. First, make sure all your doors are locked — when you are at home, when you go to get the mail and when you go in the yard to gather plumeria. The police officers were comforting. Honolulu has the finest. The officers recommended that even though they are seriously overworked, to report “strangers” in the neighborhood. The officer told me, “Better safe than sorry.” Let’s all follow his good advice. That extra set of keys to your home and your car? Keep them at a neighbor’s home. Don’t keep them in your wallet or purse or in the usual accessible places in the garage.

HPD has been excellent and caring. Apparently there’s been a lot of activity in this area. I want to thank them for the increased surveillance, which is alleviating a lot of fear in this neighborhood.

Sue Berg
Kapalama Heights

Dear Sue,
Thank you for your suggestions and APPLAUSE for Honolulu’s police officers.

“We stepped up more patrols in the area,” says Detective Theodore Molale

Jr. “Residents have let us know they’re happy about it. I would add to the list of suggestions that homeowners keep their windows closed and don’t hesitate to call 911 if there is any suspicious activity in the neighborhood.”

Dear Pamela,
I took my grandsons to the beach at Ko ‘Olina recently. When we arrived there was an emergency unfolding with a person having difficulty in the water. The actions of the Waianae and Kapolei firefighters and the Honolulu Police Department were outstanding. They were quick with their response and comforting to family members on the beach.

Lily Hun

Dear Lily,
Mahalo for allowing HPD and HFD to take their muchdeserved bows. Emergency situations often require much more than life-saving skills. Well-trained hands are backed up by compassionate hearts.

(If you know someone who deserves some Applause, send your letters to Pamela Young, MidWeek Applause, KITV, 801 S. King St., Honolulu, HI, 96813 or e-mail Include your name, phone number and, if possible, the phone number of your “applaudee” so we can contact him or her.)

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