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Firefighter devastated after thief breaks into fire station, steals computer

Makena Friel Makena Friel
Oresa Wolfe Oresa Wolfe
Kalu Wolfe Kalu Wolfe
Terahiti Wolfe Terahiti Wolfe

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

KAHALUU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A thief broke into the Kahaluu fire station and stole a firefighter's laptop and cell phone, while he was out responding to a 911 call.

It's not so much the loss of the computer, but the loss of the photos that were in it that has the victim devastated.

Honolulu firefighter Kalu Wolfe coaches five- and six-year-olds in Flag Football's Menehune Division. His laptop contained irreplaceable photos from the Kaneohe Broncos' just-completed championship season.

"What was the best part of the season?" this reporter asked.

"Winning," Makena Friel, player, said.

The second best part may be the slide show that Head Coach Kalu Wolfe puts together at the end of each season. But this year, a burglar took his computer containing the project and photos from the team's title run.

"He's just really one of those people that are just kind and are so giving," Oresa Wolfe, coach's wife and team mom, said. "It was just so hard to see that happen."

Kalu Wolfe serves his community by coaching youth sports, and as a Honolulu firefighter assigned to the Kahaluu station. Sometime between 1:15 AM and 3:00 AM Thursday, while he and his fellow firefighters were out responding to a medical emergency, someone broke into the firehouse and stole his laptop and i-Phone from the kitchen counter.

"We had an alarm and I left all my stuff out because we just jumped on the truck and went," Kalu Wolfe said.

"It's even harder when it's something that you're out risking your life for and going to go help someone else and someone is just waiting to take something from you," Oresa Wolfe said.

Practicing what he preaches to his players, Coach Wolfe didn't give up. He bought another laptop, collected whatever pictures the parents could provide him, and worked for three days without much sleep to get the project completed.

"I thought my dad wouldn't get the slide show, but he worked so hard for it," Terahiti Wolfe, player, said. "He never slept for four days, but he worked so hard on it. He got it done."

"Even though I've done this, still made something for them, there's still so much more that I could have given them," Kalu Wolfe said.

The firefighter is hoping he can get his collection of pictures, including personal family photos, back.

"I don't care about the laptop," he said. "I don't expect them to burn me a DVD or a CD with all the stuff, but if they have any heart at all, to realize that there are things on there that I can never recover."

If you have any information about the break-in, call police.

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