Police honor officers, civilians for valor

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu Police Chief Louis M. Kealoha presented the department's third highest award, the Bronze Medal of Valor, to an officer for his bravery in saving a man from a burning building.

Officer John R. Rabago received the Bronze Medal of Valor for saving an elderly man from a burning apartment on Piikoi Street on Nov. 11, 2010.

Five other officers who assisted were also recognized during a ceremony at Pearlridge Center Wednesday. They are Sgt. Jason Kimura, and officers Thomas Dumaoal, James Quinones, Kyle Suemori and Reginald Ramones. They received Certificates of Merit.

The police department's Employee and Unit of the Quarter is Sgt. Duane Samson.

District 7 (East Honolulu) Crime Reduction Unit received the Unit of the Quarter award.

James Wong received the Civilian Certificate of Merit for preventing a suicide. Wong was able to stop a man from jumping off a pedestrian overpass onto the H-1 Freeway.

Several other officers and civilians were honored for their efforts to solve crime and make the community a safer place.

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