EMS donates bicycle helmets to Ewa Beach third-graders

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Children in Ewa Beach got a special gift to keep them safe.

The City and County of Honolulu’s Emergency Medical Services donated 100 bicycle helmets to the third-grade class at Pohakea Elementary School.

The helmets were delivered via ambulance Thursday.

A third-grader there, Davi Stella, survived a skateboarding crash earlier this year but suffered serious injuries. Stella is receiving a bicycle helmet.

“We don’t want them riding in the streets if possible, but yes, we want them to be safe and no matter where it is, when you fall, the ground is hard so we want them to have a helmet on,” said paramedic Tony Altomare. “They love it and some of these kids don’t own helmets, so it’s really great for us to be able to give them a helmet.”

The donation was made in partnership with McCully Bicycle and Sporting Goods and the Heathcare Association of Hawaii.

According to the state Department of Health, from 2010-2014, there were 2,157 injuries to bicyclists on Oahu. Of the helmet status recorded, about two-thirds of the patients were not wearing a helmet.

Helmet usage was lowest among patients under 20 years old, among which less than one in five injured was wearing a helmet.

Officials say that number drops for patients under nine years old.

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