Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Hilo paramedic
earns achievement

Roy Arakaki is among 6
medical personnel honored
by the state

Star-Bulletin staff

Hilo ambulance paramedic Roy Arakaki is to receive a lifetime achievement award for 36 years of service, the highest civilian honor presented to emergency medical personnel.

In an awards ceremony this morning at the state Department of Health, Arakaki and five others were to be recognized as part of Emergency Medical Services Week in Hawaii, May 20-26.

Dr. John Mills, a physician at the Maui Memorial Medical Center in Wailuku, was to receive the Outstanding Emergency Physician Award.

Chris Kamakani Botelho of the American Medical Response ambulance service on Oahu was to be honored as the Outstanding Mobile Intensive Care Technician.

George Mones of Kauai, a 20-year ambulance paramedic, was to be the recipient of the Outstanding Emergency Medical Technician Award.

Stacy Oho, a mobile intensive care technician with the International Life Support/AMR Hawaii, was honored as the Outstanding EMS Instructor.

Mark K. Yeager of the Honolulu Fire Department was the first recipient of the new Outstanding Public Safety EMS First Responder Award.

In 1999 he was the triage officer at the May 9 Sacred Falls landslide, which involved 42 victims.

He is the founder of Hawaii's Baby Hui, a program teaching CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) to new and expectant mothers, and the Tiny Tots program, a CPR and child safety program for parents of toddlers.

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