Emergency medical personnel are being honored in Hawaii and across the nation as part of EMS Week May 17-23.
On Wednesday, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell held a ceremony to honor the City and County of Honolulu’s paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs).
Honolulu Emergency Services Department director Mark Rigg, deputy director Ian Santee, chiefs and paramedics were on hand.
“EMS Week began on Sunday, the day of the tragic training accident at Bellows Air Force Station,” he said. “The true heroes were those who responded without being prompted. They ran to the scene of the problem and EMS was there front-and-center from the beginning to the very end.”
In addition to applauding Honolulu’s paramedics and EMTs, Mayor Caldwell also singled out one longtime first responder.
Kelly Yamamoto, a veteran EMS employee and current field operations supervisor, was recognized for her service, dedication, and leading by example throughout her career with EMS.