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HPD recognizes outstanding officers and civilians

Honolulu Police Chief Louis M. Kealoha presented awards to outstanding employees and civilians during a ceremony at Mission Memorial Auditorium today.

Sergeant Kyle Yonemura was awarded the Honolulu Police Department's (HPD) Bronze Medal of Valor, the department's third highest award, for risking his life to aid a fellow officer who was involved in a motor vehicle collision. While responding to a traffic stop involving possible assault suspects, Sergeant Yonemura noticed smoke and saw the officer lying on the ground next to an HPD vehicle, surrounded by live voltage wires from a downed utility pole. The fire had already burned the nearby brush and was directly under the vehicle's engine compartment. Despite the risk to his own safety, Sergeant Yonemura dragged the officer 25 yards from the burning vehicle and out of harm's way.

Chief Kealoha presented Certificates of Merit to Officer Keoni Hong and Mr. Burt Greene. Officer Hong helped prevent a male from hurting himself and others atop a Hawaii Kai ridge last September. Mr. Greene was recognized for his dedication to the HPD and Hauula community by leading the Hauula Emergency Leadership Preparedness (HELP) Committee in receiving the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's "StormReady/TsunamiReady" award in December 2012.

Sergeant Zane Hamrick of District 6 (Waikiki) is the HPD's Employee of the Quarter. During the fourth quarter, he helped coordinate efforts to curb speeding within the district, which resulted in over 700 citations. Sergeant Hamrick was also involved in an investigation that led to five felony arrests for various property crimes.

The Special Duty Section was named the Unit of the Quarter for planning and coordinating the department's special duty assignments for the Honolulu Marathon in December. The unit's members are Sergeant Brandon Ogata, Ms. Lisa-Marie Adams, Ms. Noelani Lopez, Mr. Lance Masunaga, and Ms. Colleen Nakama.