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OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR — Governor Ige recognizes first responders who saved a grandfather’s life

Posted on Feb 15, 2019 in Latest Department News, Office of the Governor Press Releases

Link to photos of Commendation Ceremony/Bischoff Family here

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today recognized ten first responders from the City and County of Honolulu who saved the life of a Kāhala man who collapsed at Waimānalo Beach Park while taking out-of-town guests sightseeing last June.

A good Samaritan alerted Ocean Safety personnel at their lifeguard station nearby. The lifeguards rushed to Stephen Bischoff’s side and started cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Firefighters were soon on the scene to assist before Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived. EMS personnel continued CPR and worked to stabilize Bischoff, whose heart stopped three times.

“The quick action, professionalism, persistence and exceptional teamwork by lifeguards, EMS personnel and firefighters saved Stephen Bischoff’s life,” said Gov. Ige. “We owe a debt of gratitude to all of our first responders who are dedicated to saving lives, protecting and helping our residents and visitors across the state.”

Gov. Ige presented commendations to:

Honolulu Ocean Safety

  • Makena Hart
  • Noa Spencer
  • Capt. Charlie Oliveri

Emergency Medical Services

  • Paramedic Yvonne Nelson
  • EMT Wesley Helm

Honolulu Fire Department, Engine 27, Waimanalo

  • Capt. Todd Hugo
  • Cyrus Ka‘ahanui
  • Michael Seeger
  • James Senda
  • Keenan Gutierrez


Media Contacts:

Jodi Leong

Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary

Office of the Governor

Office: 808-586-0043

Mobile: 808-798-3929

[email protected]


Cindy McMillan

Communications Director

Office of the Governor

Office: 808-586-0012

Mobile: 808-265-7974

[email protected]