HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Gisela King was barely conscious when she was rescued by her neighbors near Diamond Head last Sunday.
Her housemate Jerry Hanel had stabbed her multiple times after killing his landlord.
Russell and Ellen Freeman were the first to render aide to King and likely saved her life.
“Suddenly we heard screams from down below. Very serious screams. This wasn’t someone who was having a normal argument. This was someone yelling for their life,” said Russell Freeman.
Freeman said he immediately knew his neighbor Hanel, also known as Jarda, was the reason for the screaming.
“It must be Jarda ... who’s gone crazy and attacking. That was our first thought in our mind. It’s the only thing it really could have been,” Freeman said.
Freeman and his wife sprinted down the driveway.
His wife got there first.
"There was Gisela laying on their side of the driveway with Jarda,” said Ellen Freeman.
[SPECIAL SECTION: Tragedy at Diamond Head]
Freeman said Hanel was trying to kill King who was screaming and begging for her life.
“She had blood on her legs and on her body and I yelled, ‘Jarda! What are you doing?!’ And he stopped after I said that and stood up and walked in his area, his dwelling,” Freeman said.
Freeman took the weapon while her husband and two others who ran to the scene tended to King.
“I’m hearing sirens so I’m thinking it’s OK, help is on its way,” said Russell Freeman.
“Four policemen got out with guns. They ran over and then the lady went down to the bottom of the drive … and suddenly we heard, ‘Boom!’ I was on the top of the drive. So, I just saw her go backwards and then we knew we weren’t really that safe.”
Hanel killed two officers, his landlord Lois Cain and himself before torching the neighborhood.
Even though the Freemans lost their home and all their belongings that day, they’re grateful for the two officers who gave their lives for their community.
“A hero is someone who really understands the danger and goes in and does the right thing anyway," Ellen Freeman said. “I don’t consider myself a hero because it didn’t occur to me the danger that we were all in.”