A Team Effort In An Emergency

Dear Pamela,

I was hit by a car while riding my moped down Kuhio Avenue. I was hurt very badly and actually ended up crushing the right side of my face. Even though I was not able to see everyone who helped me, they let me know they were there, calling 911 and most important keeping me from passing out. I just moved to Hawaii a month ago. I am alone for now until my family gets here. I was scared. But all those wonderful people who helped me, stayed with me, called my family for me, thank you. I wish I knew who each of you are so I can thank you for helping me stay alive. I couldn’t have done it without you. To the extremely kind lady who held my head to her chest firmly so that I would not injure myself more, thank you from the bottom of my soul. My family thanks you. You were all my angels gathered around me. My eyes are filled with tears for all the love you shared with me.

I love Hawaii and the wonderful people within in.

Lisa Marie Mehmert

Dear Lisa,

We may not be able to track all your angels, but your mobile intensive care technicians were Ted Masuda, Kazuo Yamauchi and MICT intern Pam Yamachika. Good luck with your facial reconstruction surgery.

Dear Pamela,

I would like to send a huge “Thank You” to all personnel who were involved in my recent rescue when I fell while hiking on the Nuuanu Judd trail. The first responders arrived within minutes of my sister’s call to 911. I believe the firemen were from E25 3rd watch: R. Data, K. Fujimoto and M. Masutomi. I believe the EMTs were from Baker 1 C&C ambulance. It was not an easy extrication, as I had to be carried down a trail covered with boulders and tree roots, and then across a stream full of slippery rocks. Thanks also to the hiker who ran ahead and guided the first responders to my location. (I didn’t get his name.) I ended up staying in the hospital for eight days with a closed head injury, a complex tibial fracture and a blood clot in my lower leg. I am now recuperating at home. I will always be grateful for the caring, competent first responders who rescued me. Thanks also to those who work behind the scenes, and anyone I may have forgotten. I am an RN with 35 years of experience, so I know competent health care providers when I see them! Up until this accident, I was working full time; hope to return to work next month.

Laura Peters

Dear Laura,

“We have a great team at Honolulu EMS, and although not expected, we really appreciate the feedback and thanks from the people we are able to help,” says Dr. Jim Ireland, director of Honolulu Emergency Services.

Your MICTs that day were Angela Marumoto, Keo Seto and AMR para-medic C. Olayan.

Dear Pamela,

Mahalo big time to Irwin Jankowski of San Francisco for finding my wallet at the Sunset on the Beach event for Hawaii Five-0. I didn’t even know it was missing until we got home. I got a call from work that someone found my business card in my wallet, which he found in the sand near the stage. What luck! An honest person! Irwin and his family were leaving the next day, so he left it at the front desk of Pacific Beach Hotel. I never had a

chance to personally thank him, but I hope his family had a good time in Hawaii.

Clarence Ng

Dear Clarence,

“We come to the Islands almost every year,” says Greta Jankowski. “We always have a lovely time, and it was the least we could do since people are so nice to us.”

If you know someone who deserves some Applause, send your letters to Pamela Young, MidWeek Applause, KITV, 801 S. King St., Honolulu, HI, 96813, or email pyoung@kitv.com. Include your name, phone number and, if possible, the phone number of your “applaudee” so we can contact him or her.