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Maui police officer wakes up residents, helps put out house fire

By Gregg K. Kakeskako

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LAST UPDATED: 09:53 a.m. HST, Aug 27, 2012


A rookie Maui police office is credited with saving lives when he entered a smoke-filled Kahului house, woke up residents and helped extinguish a fire.

Officer Gershom Slonin, 24, was driving through the neighborhood in his patrol car when he when he saw smoke coming from a two-story home at 565 South Papa Ave. at 2:26 a.m.

Slonim said he called the fire department and then went into the building carrying a small fire extinguisher.

He woke up two men, who were still sleeping, and asked if there were other people in the home.

Slonim said he used his fire extinguisher to douse a pot of oil that had caught on fire on the store.

At that point Slonim said the smoke was so thick that he had to go out because he couldn’t breath.

Two other officers -- Daryl Honda and Randy Takayama  -- went into the house with Slonim to help two other men and woman evacuate the home.

“I was just doing my job. Nothing extraordinary, just my job,” said Slonim, who has been on patrol duty for just five months.

“I just did what I had to do with my partners. They also deserve the credit.”

The Maui Fire Department said a dozen people lived in the home. All escaped without injury.

Firefighters arriving on scene saw light smoke and fire coming from the home. Fire crews had the small fire under control at 2:50 a.m. and extinguished by 3:35 a.m.

The fire spread from the stove to the kitchen and living room on the first floor. Damage was estimated at $7,000.







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cojef wrote:
1st on the scene, acted wisely to saves lives and property, just like he is paid to do. Good work, P.D.
on August 27,2012 | 07:55AM
LadyNinja wrote:
Awesome work by the very officers who save and protect!!
on August 27,2012 | 09:12AM
KING_CRABBE wrote:
FANTASTIC! GOOD TO HEAR GOOD NEWS, NEED MORE START ADVERTISER, INSTEAD OF DOOM AND GLOOM AND ALL THE SAME JUNK! MAHALO!
on August 27,2012 | 09:40AM
alohacharlie wrote:
Thank you "rookie" - have a safe career - give that guy a medal
on August 27,2012 | 11:57AM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Great Job, good to finally hear some good news about government employees.
on August 27,2012 | 03:56PM
TOWMOM1 wrote:
Great job officers!!!!!!!!!!
on August 27,2012 | 07:23PM
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