2013 Rubber Duckie Event to Honor Hawaii First Responders

In addition to bringing the community together to raise much needed funds for the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii at the 22nd Annual Rubber Duckie Race, Kings’ Shops and UCPA will honor Hawaii Island’s first responders.  Those to be honored for their exemplary service to our Island community include Captain Sean Sommers, Captain Brett Matsuda and Captain Gifford Matsuoka of The South Kohala Fire Station, Police Officer Kyle Hirayama, Field Operations, Area II of the South Kohala Patrol, Sergeant James Correa, Field Operations, Area I of the South Hilo Patrol, and Rita Hirai Director of Safety for Ocean Sports.

2013 Rubber Duckie RaceThe South Kohala Fire Station responds to all calls for incidents of rescue, fire, medical emergencies, and hazardous materials 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year.  The company’s three shifts of seven personnel are led by three company officers, Captain Sean Sommers, Captain Brett Matsuda and Captain Gifford Matsuokoa who are responsible for the safety of their crews, the lives of residents and the many visitors who visit the Kohala Coast. It takes many years of sincere dedication to master the job of leading men and women to mitigate these various types of emergencies safely and ensure all personnel return to their families at the end of their shift.

Police Officer, Kyle Hirayama, a 9-year veteran of the Hawaii Police Department is being recognized for the ability to share the “Spirit of Aloha” by providing great service to our community through professionalism and compassion.  Officer Hirayama’s compassion to go and check on a family’s welfare even though his part in the investigation was complete, is in itself commendable, it also placed him at a location at the right time and possibly avoid a disastrous outcome for the entire family, and may have very well saved their lives.  Sergeant Adams states that, “On this day, while dealing with a family who had just lost a loved one, he exemplified the core values of integrity, professionalism, community satisfaction, and most of all ‘compassion’.”

Sergeant James Correa, a 15-year veteran of Hawaii Police South Hilo Patrol is being recognized for his leadership of the Hawaii Police Department East Hawaii Task Force during an intense manhunt in December 2012.  It was through Sergeant Correa’s tireless dedication to the island wide investigation and it was under his leadership, that police officers were able to take the suspects into custody without serious injury to themselves, or anyone in the community.  Hawaii Police Department is fortunate to have effective leaders such as Sergeant Correa.

Rita Hirai is a Lifeguard Instructor Trainer, American Red Cross CPR, and First Aid Instructor Trainer and Specialty Advanced Trainer.  With her many talents, Rita is being recognized for her conscientious efforts to educate Hawaii Island community and co-workers at Ocean Sports in ocean safety. Under Rita’s watch, visitors and residents alike can enjoy the many ocean activities available on the Kohala Coast knowing the crew around them is well prepared for any emergency.

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