KHON2’s Rob DeMello receives Patriot Award for support of service member

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Congratulations, KHON2 sports director Rob DeMello!

On Wednesday, DeMello received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s Patriot Award, which recognizes supervisors and bosses for their support for an employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve.

He was nominated by former intern and employee Cpl. Aven Santiago, 117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Hawaii Army National Guard.

“KHON2 was my first civilian career path when I got back from basic training in 2014. Rob was with me when I got my first start at the news station as an intern, and has been my friend and mentor throughout my news career,” Santiago said. “When I got hired in the sports department, Rob was accommodating and supportive of my military obligations. I wouldn’t be where I am in my career without him. He is an outstanding sportscaster and an even better friend.”

Santiago recently returned from Hawaii island, where he was assisting in lava operations related to Kilauea’s latest eruption.

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