BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaii recognized police officer Lloyd Ishikawa as "Officer of the Year" and Battalion Chief Lance Uchida as "Firefighter of the Year" in a ceremony March 24.
Ishikawa is a patrol officer in the Puna District who joined the department in 1986.
Uchida, a 17-year veteran of the fire department, is in charge of Emergency Medical Services.
Ishikawa was honored for what sergeant Juergen Canda called "his dedication to duty and initiative" that led him to make five bench warrant arrests, close three felony all-points bulletins, recover a stolen vehicle and locate a runaway "all within a span of one hour."
On July 29, 2010, officer Ishikawa responded to the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision to assist in locating a wanted person. He located the person and assisted in arresting him for two outstanding bench warrants.
While in the subdivision, he investigated complaints about suspicious persons in the neighborhood and located three adults and a juvenile. Two of the adults were wanted for outstanding bench warrants and felony auto theft all-points bulletins and the juvenile was a reported runaway.
The third adult was in possession of a stolen vehicle.
"This is a tremendous feat of police work by Puna's most senior officer, who not only leads by example in his dedication to duty, but with the vigor and enthusiasm of a rookie," Canda wrote in his nomination papers.
At the ceremony, Deputy Police Chief Paul Ferreira said the incident is an example of his commitment to the job.
"This is what he does on a daily basis. This is how hard he works," Ferreira said. "I'm very, very proud to be here with him tonight."
Uchida was recognized for his oversight of the Fire Department's Emergency Medical Services Bureau. Fire Chief Darryl Oliveira said Uchida was promoted to Battalion Chief of the EMS Bureau on December 1, 2010.