Red Cross Calls Po­lice Of­fi­cers’ Palolo Res­cue ‘Heroic’

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - EAST OAHU ISLANDER / DECEMBER 15, 2010 / - By STEVE MUR­RAY

Three po­lice of­fi­cers re­cently were named 2010 Amer­i­can Red Cross In the Line of Duty He­roes of the Year. The three Honolulu of­fi­cers — Wil­liam El­lis, Gar­rett Hung and Ken­dall Prochnow — are cred­ited with sav­ing the life of a Palolo man who fell and struck his head at Palolo District Park swim­ming pool.

While re­spond­ing to a med­i­cal emer­gency call at the hous­ing com­plex above the pool on March 27, they spot­ted peo­ple run­ning to­ward them, ask­ing for help. From their van­tage point they could see the vic­tim, Thomas Fo­ley, ly­ing in a pool of blood, and they rushed to as­sist.

“We ran ahead, and Of­fi­cer El­lis had the piece of mind to get his de­fib­ril­la­tor, which I think was a cru­cial part in this thing be­ing suc­cess­ful,” said Prochnow.

Prochnow and Hung found the man with a weak pulse and un­re­spon­sive. They be­gan CPR and res­cue breath­ing un­til El­lis ar­rived with the de­fib­ril­la­tor. The of­fi­cers helped Fo­ley re­gain con­scious­ness be­fore EMTs took him to a hos­pi­tal for fur­ther treat­ment.

Hung be­lieved their ef­fec­tive­ness came from their ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing to­gether. “It’s not like we have to tell each other get this, get that. Ev­ery­body fo­cuses on what we have to do at the time. We work well as a team. We’ve been part­ners for a long time.”

All three ad­mit­ted to be­ing a bit em­bar­rassed by the at­ten­tion from the award, but were clear about their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for it.

“It’s a bit over­whelm­ing,” ad­mit­ted El­lis. “We didn’t ex­pect any­thing like that. We were just do­ing our jobs. It’s great to get an award, but we are just glad that he sur­vived.”

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