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Aiea residents, including off-duty police officer, recognized for bravery


  • Honolulu police say an off-duty police officer and four other residents of an Aiea building pulled two people to safety from a burning car in the building's parking structure on Feb. 8. (Courtesy Honolulu Police Department/Michael K. Nicholls)

  • Five people, including an off-duty Honolulu police officer received certificates of recognition for their heroism in rescuing a couple from a burning car on Feb. 8 (Courtesy Honolulu Police Department)

  • This photo shows the burnt engine compartment of a car that caught fire on Feb. 8. Police say an off-duty officer and four other residents of an Aiea building pulled a husband and wife out of the vehicle. (Courtesy Honolulu Police Department/Michael K. Nicholls)
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The Hawaii House of Representatives recognized Honolulu police officer Kerwin Unten and four other Aiea residents for heroism Thursday for rescuing a couple from a burning car on Feb. 8, police said.

Unten and the four other residents heard cries for help from the parking structure of their building. A car was on fire with two residents inside, Honolulu police said.

Unten, who was off-duty, and the other rescuers forced open the vehicle, climbed inside and pulled a man and his wife, who was wheelchair-bound, to safety, police said.

They received certificates of recognition in the House chambers.

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