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Off-duty firefighter dies in fall from Mount Olomana trail

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:35 a.m. HST, Jan 11, 2014

An off-duty Honolulu firefighter died from a fall Friday while hiking the Mount Olomana trail in Kailua, authorities said.

The incident took place about 12:15 p.m.

Honolulu Fire spokesman Capt. James Todd confirmed that the man, in his 20s, was a member of the Honolulu Fire Department.

Todd said the man was hiking about 100 feet away from the top of the third peak when he slipped off a rope and fell about 50 feet.

His female companion in her 20s witnessed him falling and used her cellphone to call for help, he said.

Two men who were hiking behind them said it was raining at the time the man was climbing, according to the Fire Department.

Fire rescue crews used a helicopter to lift the man and the three other hikers to Maunawili Valley Park.

Todd said the man was pronounced dead by city Emergency Medical Services personnel.

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SteveToo wrote:
on January 10,2014 | 04:40PM
lokela wrote:
Sad. Lot of hikers go beyond their capabilities.
on January 10,2014 | 05:00PM
false wrote:
No hiking when it's raining. Period. It's not worth the risks as demonstrated over and over again. Tragic.
on January 11,2014 | 03:56AM
aomohoa wrote:
Wow, a firefighter who was probably in good shape. How sad.
on January 10,2014 | 06:10PM
ponowai wrote:
Total bummer. I feel sorry for the friends and family of this man, especially for his companion who witnessed the tragic fall. People should avoid hiking during rainy weather
on January 10,2014 | 06:56PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Any time a First Responder dies, the whole community loses. This is a sad time for all current and former HFD.
on January 10,2014 | 07:16PM
HanabataDays wrote:
Many's the times I've tramped along the streambeds in the area, lookng for geodes, in all kinds of weather. But never did I try hiking the summit except during a run of good sunny summer days. Probably one of the most tempting trails on O`ahu -- definitely one of the riskiest. Every once in a while, a tragedy like this serves as a cautionary lesson. The rocks are rotten and slippery red clay abounds. Know your limits and never be embarrassed to turn back.
on January 11,2014 | 03:30AM
cojef wrote:
Lava rocks are in a constant state of decomposition so extreme caution must exercised when hiking lava peaks.
on January 11,2014 | 07:46AM
awahana wrote:
Young and bold. Someone needed to dissuade him in bad weather. New years resolutions motivations can go awry.
on January 11,2014 | 06:24AM
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