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HPD Awards Ceremony November 2012


Police Chief Louis Kealoha presented the Honolulu Police Department's (HPD) Warrior Silver Medal of Valor, the department's second highest award, to Corporal Michael Lemes of District 4 (Windward Oahu) at a ceremony at Windward Mall's Center Court today. In August, Corporal Lemes was assisting in the search for an elderly woman with dementia when she heard a faint voice coming from the mountains behind Hulupala Place in Kaneohe. After hiking down a steep trail and searching the mountain side for three hours, Corporal Lemes managed to locate the frightened woman. Her determination, compassion, and bravery resulted in the reunification of the missing woman with her family.

At the ceremony Chief Kealoha presented Certificates of Merit to six officers:
Officers Samuel Bain and Richmond Casabar, District 3 (Pearl City), were responding to a CrimeStoppers tip when they located a robbery suspect in a parked car at a Waipio self-storage facility in July. The male drove off and struck a wall, then fled on foot into a nearby residential area, hid in a garage, and fired a weapon. Officers Bain and Casabar pursued the suspect and apprehended him as he tried to enter a parked vehicle.

District 1 (Downtown-Chinatown) Officers Bernadine Canite, Christopher Chung, and Hwa Jin Kim assisted in preventing a distraught teenager from committing suicide in June. After arguing with a relative, the teen broke a glass case and threatened to cut herself with large shards of glass. Working as a team, the three officers were able to stop the teen and safely restrain her.

In August, Officer Hayden Schmidt responded to an apartment in the University area where he observed a woman holding a knife and threatening suicide. Officer Schmidt was able to establish a rapport with the woman, eventually convincing her to put down the knife and to seek help.

Chief Kealoha also announced the HPD Employee of the Quarter and Unit of the Quarter:

District 7's (East Honolulu) Officer Keoni Hong was selected as the Employee of the Quarter for his outstanding work in the department and the community. Between July and September, Officer Hong helped with 35 major cases that resulted in 80 arrests, and he saved a suicidal male from going over a cliff. Officer Hong also teaches law enforcement at a local university and volunteers as a firearms safety instructor.

The Unit of the Quarter award was presented to the staff of the Human Resources Division (HRD). The division's 14 officers were responsible for planning and coordinating the funeral arrangements for retired HPD Chief Douglas Gibb and solo bike Officer Chad Morimoto, whose services were held one month apart. Working long hours in stressful conditions, the team displayed extreme sensitivity and used its extensive knowledge of protocol to assist the grieving families. The HRD members are Lieutenants Calvin Calicdan and Ryan Nishibun; Sergeant Michael Hall; and Detectives George Abbley Jr., Mitchell Chung, Raychelle Dungca, Bobby Eleccion, Debra Higa, Rodney Isagawa, Carlene Lau, Glen Luecke, Scott Tamasaka, Glen Yagyagan, and Eric Yosemori.