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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Recognized for Service and Contributions to the National Guard

Yesterday, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) received the Charles Dick Medal of Merit from the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS). The award was presented at the 139th General Conference & Exhibition in Louisville, KY in recognition of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s distinguished legislative contributions to the National Guard.

“I’m truly grateful for the privilege of serving in the Hawaii Army National Guard, and in Congress, where in both capacities, I am focused on the safety and security of the people of Hawaii and our country.

“As we are witnessing the devastation being left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and now Hurricane Irma, thousands of National Guard soldiers and airmen from across the country are responding to the rescue, relief, and recovery efforts. These are every day Americans who have civilian jobs, are going to school, raising families, yet who maintain constant readiness and willingness to stand up at a moment’s notice to respond to disasters here at home, and to protect the nation when duty calls. I humbled to receive this award and as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, will continue to do my best every day to honor those who serve our country and make sure they have what they need to continue serving the American people,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.

“Congresswoman Gabbard joins the ranks of exceptional Hawaii elected officials, like U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka, who’ve worked diligently for the National Guard not just within their state but throughout the nation. Congresswoman Gabbard is the quintessential Soldier-Statesperson who ensures the National Guard continues to be Ready and Relevant within our States and the Nation,” said Major General Arthur “Joe” Logan, Hawaii’s State Adjutant General.

Volcano Fire Injures One

A fire in the Volcano area of the Big Island last night injured one person and sent two others to the Hilo Medical Center:

Situation Found at Scene: Found Single story single family residential structure fully involved in fire upon arrival of first responding units. All occupants at home at the time were able to exit the structure and all accounted for.

Cause: Under investigation.

Remarks: There were 3 people home at the time the fire started. 1 adult male who sustained burns while trying to put the fire out, who was transported to Hilo Medical Center in Serious condition; and 2 minors, 1 male and 1 female who didn’t have any noticeable injuries but were also transported to Hilo Medical Center for precautionary measures and further evaluation.

8 Injured in Pepe’ekeo Apartment Complex Fire

8 people were injured and taken to the Hilo Medical Center after a fire caused by unattended cooking damaged an apartment complex in Pepe’ekeo:

Location: Kauhale’olu Apt, J Building, Kumula St, Pepe’ekeo, HI 96783

Situation Found at Scene: 2 story, 4 apartment building of type 5 construction, upper floors fully involved. Additional apartment building threatened. All occupants confirmed out of building. 8 total patients treated and transported to Hilo Medical Center.

Cause: Per Prevention 1, fire was unintentional, caused by unattended cooking.

Remarks: Fire suppressed with multiple hand lines and master stream device. Fire fought from exterior until conditions were tenable for entry. Upon entry, primary search and suppression took place using thermal imager. Power lines to building were down, breaker shut down as a precaution. Building with severe fire and water damage. HFD assisted lower apartment occupants with salvage of personal items. Red Cross and building representative assisting displaced occupants. Fire cause determination as above.