The Watchful 911 Responders

Pamela Young
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Wednesday - September 21, 2005
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Dear Pamela,
I hope thank-you letters never ever go out of style. In our lifetime we can never say it enough. This is one of those times. I wish to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all the emergency personnel, firefighters and police officers who respond to 911 calls. My husband had two diabetic episodes where he became unconscious. They were there for us. The response time was quick, and when they got here it was like a human Swiss watch in action. The interaction between all the personnel can be compared to the gears of a watch, so smooth and fine-tuned. Everyone knew what to do, and in a matter of minutes they had my husband up and alert enough for that ride to the hospital.

My grandfather taught me from a young age to always say thank you for all acts of kindness, no matter how big or small. Even when common courtesy is shown, a thank you can make someone’s day. So this is one of my many opportunities to give a great big standing ovation and APPLAUSE to all of you out there.

Pamela Shiroma

Dear Pamela,
EMS Chief Patty Dukes says, “These calls come in so often and we respond to them automatically, so it’s nice to get reminders that the act of reviving someone unconscious is truly a miracle. Feedback from the people we treat is very much appreciated.”

Aloha, Pamela, Last Monday while on my way to work, I was involved in a slightly-more-than minor car accident in front of the maintenance entrance for Kualoa Regional Park. Most importantly, no one was hurt.

After the accident occurred, workers from the park quickly arrived at the scene. They were of great assistance. They lit flares to warn other cars. They cleaned up and disposed of the broken car parts - some of them in the road. And they stayed until HPD arrived, making sure everything was OK.

I did not get the names of these gentlemen, but I would like them to know how much I appreciate what they did. Their actions made me feel better in a difficult situation.

Russ Koch

Dear Russ,
Your Fantastic Four to the rescue are: mowing crew supervisor Raymond Estrella, section supervisor J.R. Martinez, build-ing/maintenance repairman Charlie Small, and refuse collector David Lau. “We heard the screeching brakes,” says J.R. Martinez, “then the crash. When we got to the scene we saw the PT Cruiser and the Mustang all buss up. We’re just happy nobody was hurt.”

(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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