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Second OCCC employee dies while on duty

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 4:27 p.m. HST, Jun 19, 2013

A second Oahu Community Correctional Center employee has died while on duty at the Kalihi prison facility.

The latest death involved 62-year-old Sgt. Michael Makiya, who suffered an apparent heart attack Saturday night while on duty at the prison’s security control center.

Max Otani, deputy director of corrections, said the death of the 31-year veteran of the prison system is being investigated. Of particular interest is the fact that the watch commander could not find the key to the secure area where the victim was working alone, Otani said.

Makiya was stationed at the OCCC’s central control station which controls cell doors, monitors surveillance cameras and maintain prison head counts.

Otani said the adult corrections officer was working alone at the time and hadn’t been heard from for about half an hour.

Paramedics were called just before 9 p.m. after he was found slumped over at his post. He was taken to the hospital where he died.

Otani said the watch commander could not find the key to the security station, which is not in the housing area for inmates, and had to break a lock and a door to gain entry.

Otani said he doesn’t know if another person on duty with the victim would have changed the outcome.

On May 31, Malcom Lee Jr., an OCCC social worker, collapsed at work and died.

Otani said the cause of death is still under investigation.

Prison officials at the time said preliminary reports indicated that Lee, 44, suffered a "cardiac event."

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