Big Island firefighter killed in motorcycle accident saved thousands of lives

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Hawaii Fire Chief Darren Rosario said that David Mahon was recently promoted to captain in the Hawaii Fire Department. In his 18 years of service in fire rescue and as an emergency medical technician, he likely had a hand in saving thousands of lives on the Big Island according to Rosario.

“Yesterday we lost a very valuable man to our department, but most importantly, a very important father, son, and significant other,” Rosario said.

Mahon was killed on Highway 190 just south of the 14-mile marker.

Police said a 2006 Honda Pilot SUV driven by a 21-year-old Kamuela man overtook several cars in a no passing zone and hit Mahon who was driving northbound.

He was transported to Kona Hawaii Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:37 p.m. A third vehicle, a white 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee being operated by a 49-year-old Kamuela man was not injured in the collision.

Police believe speed was a factor in the crash. A negligent homicide case has been initiated and the driver was being held at the Kona Cellblock.

The accident happened around 6:35 a.m. Mahon was on his way to work. 

“He was killed after being hit by someone who was not following the rules of the road….I just want the public to understand that if we just follow the rules that are set, a lot of times accidents won’t happen. And david did not have to die yesterday. He is going to be sorely missed,” Rosario said.

Mahon was a member of the fire rescue crew. He was an avid diver and played an integral role in improving their rescue diving protocols according to Rosario.

“David was the type of guy that would go above and beyond work hard every day, excellent work record. I think if you ask anyone, just really an outstanding guy all around.”

Although Hawaii is called the Big Island, Rosario explained the it’s a relatively small community, and the fire department crew is like family. Mahon’s passing has impacted all of them.

“no one likes to lose anyone in life more so someone that definitely had a lot of years to continue to give back to the community and his family.”

Rosario wanted to thank the community for their outpouring of support. He said he and those who worked with Mahon are proud of the work he has done and his many years of service.

According to the Department of Transportation, there have been nine motorcycle fatalities so far this year. Three of them on Hawaii island.
 

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