HPD officers receive heroism awards for taking down gunman, saving woman's life

Denny Santiago
Denny Santiago

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Honolulu police officer who stopped a gunman in the Ala Moana area last year was among three officers recognized for their heroism at the Mission Memorial Auditorium Wednesday morning.

Corporal Denny Santiago, 41, received the Warrior Silver Medal of Valor, the Honolulu Police Department's second highest award.

The 15-year, HPD veteran responded to a large fight on Sheridan Street last August. Police say he shot and wounded an armed man, who had already fired his gun multiple times.

"He turned and faced me with the gun, pointed the gun at me," Santiago recalled. "But it's easy to respond to that kind of case with the guys I work with. The entire watch is really good. You know help is right there."

It's not the first time that Santiago has been honored by the department. He previously received two Certificates of Merit.

Officer Alan Oku, Jr. and Officer Rendell Lum each received the Bronze Medal of Valor, HPD's third highest award, for saving the life of a suicidal woman in Waialua. Police say the woman tried to throw herself over a lanai railing, but the officers struggled with her and pulled her back to safety.

Meanwhile, Officer Thomas Logeman was selected as the Employee of the Quarter for his work with the Pearl City District's Burglary-Theft Detail.

The Kalihi Crime Support Unit -- which is responsible for community policing activities, misdemeanor follow-up investigations, and domestic violence and runaway cases -- was chosen as Unit of the Quarter.

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