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Second OCCC employee dies while on duty

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 04:27 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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Aieagrl wrote:
Must be from all that fat and cholesterol he consumes from meals sponsored by their overpaid salaries.
on June 19,2013 | 09:51AM
bullturd wrote:
Over-paid? Ehhhh... don't think so.
on June 19,2013 | 09:57AM
inverse wrote:
I think Aieagrl is referring to the massive overtime corrections officers were receiving. I don't know if they currently have that under control but it was pretty ridiculous that amount of overtime that was consistently given to the guards.
on June 19,2013 | 10:57AM
koki wrote:
What do think overtime is? When a corrections officer works over 8 hours a day they receive overtime pay. So that means when YOU go home after your 8 hour day, they stay for another 8 hours for a total of 16 hours. That overtime pay doesn't just appear in their paycheck, they have to work for it. Overtime pay is not just GIVIEN to them. A lot is sacrificed including time with children and family and also contributes to illness from a lack of rest, sleep and the stresses of the job. It's a job that receives a lot of negativity and criticism but someone has to do it...
on June 19,2013 | 05:19PM
tiwtsfm wrote:
Wow. You get some attitude!
on June 19,2013 | 10:30AM
beachbum11 wrote:
Under paid when you consider the high stress
on June 19,2013 | 10:35AM
niimi wrote:
From what I've seen of state salaries I wouldn't want to work for the state of Hawaii. Maybe the benefits and pension are attractive, but salaries are kind of low. You couldn't live comfortably in Hawaii on the money paid here.
on June 19,2013 | 04:24PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Your comment shows how ignorant and insensitive you are....this sergeant who worked 31 years in a high stress environment working in a job that you couldn't possibly do died all alone away from his family and friends. You are nothing but an Internet troll...
on June 19,2013 | 10:55PM
cojef wrote:
Job requirement or standard should call for annual physicals to insure that only healthy individuals are entrusted to these positions. As a management personnel, back in the 70's/80's had to take a physical every 2 years, even colon examination at the Public Health Clinic. Not a good feeling having your rectum examined that often. Uniform services should have physical examinations often to insure the integrity of their performance on the job. Especially at OCCC where the prisoners are young virile inmates.
on June 19,2013 | 09:54AM
inverse wrote:
Maybe the reason male employees where given bu tt exams on a regular basis was to check their prostate for enlargement, that is a GOOD thing since if prostate cancer is treated early there is minimal chance of letting more aggressive prostate cancers go unchecked. The only way for someone to know if the prostate gland is getting enlarged is if they check it regularly so they can get a good baseline and better detect changes. If they were not checking your prostate, where they checking inside for contraband as what some prisoners use that area to hide stuff?
on June 19,2013 | 11:36AM
Skyler wrote:
Eh... getting it checked that often would make da buggah get enlarged... smh.
on June 19,2013 | 02:06PM
mongoosa wrote:
Sounds like the same thing still going on in the prison system. Incompetent management. Remember the riots at Halawa in the 80's? They couldn't find the blue prints to the facility so HPD could find their way to rescue a hostage. Maybe HPD should take control again. It wasn't perfect, but better than now. Time for an overhaul.
on June 19,2013 | 10:30AM
Holomua wrote:
Maybe one of the inmates has figured out how to make ricin and effectively deliver it without being seen.
on June 19,2013 | 10:30AM
inverse wrote:
Doubt the prisoners are that bright. More like OCCC guards are allowed to become morbidly obese and the ill effects of their obesity is showing up where they just die after showing up for work. Did you see the picture of the two OCCC guards that allowed the prisoner in hand shackles to run away from them at the loading area at the downtown court house? They were at or above the Rob ert Ke kaula level, just shy of the bruddah Iz level of obesity.
on June 19,2013 | 11:43AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Locking the employee in a room and not having a key available in an emergency is a crime.
on June 19,2013 | 11:47AM
agile wrote:
It would seem that keys and security would be the #1 priority at any prison and I can' understand an employee working alone at any facility.
on June 19,2013 | 11:55AM
gobows wrote:
What ELSE is going on that's WRONG with OCCC??? kEYS??? no keys???? at a PRISON??.....omg!
on June 19,2013 | 01:35PM
niimi wrote:
I do believe that some of the eating habits out there are bad. It is convenient to get a plate lunch every day, but Aieagrl is right about the cholestorol.
on June 19,2013 | 04:25PM
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