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Officer of the Month: Aina 03-29-10

Hawai’i Police Department
Office of the Chief
Harry S. Kubojiri
Phone: 961-2244
March 29, 2010

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Aloha Exchange Club President Dale Tokuuke presents an ‘Officer of the Month’ award to Officer August Aina

Media Release

The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawai’i recognized Officer August Aina on Thursday (January 28) as “Officer of the Month” for March.

Aina was honored for saving a suspect who was in respiratory distress in a cell at the Hilo police cellblock on February 5. Aina rushed to the cell and administered the Heimlich maneuver, dislodging an object that was blocking the man’s airway. After the rescue, the man was able to breathe on his own.

“Officer Aina’s quick and decisive action prevented any further serious injury to the individual,” said Sergeant Alston Kimura, who nominated Aina for the award. “He has a great rapport with arrestees, and his personality and humility have an immediate calming and positive impact on arrestees held within our custody.”

As “Officer of the Month,” Aina is eligible for “Officer of the Year.”

The East Hawaii “Officer of the Month” award is a project of the Aloha Exchange Club of Hilo.