KFD Honors Individuals Involved in May Rescue

LIHU`E, KAUA`I (Ben Caxton) — The Kaua’i Fire Department held a special ceremony Monday at the Civic Center to honor the community members and first responders involved in the rescue of Dino Pabre who was resuscitated after collapsing during a basketball game in May. Pabre was participating in a basketball scrimmage at the Waimea High School gym last May 9, when he collapsed and stopped breathing on the court shortly before 3:45 PM. Fellow coach and friend Jason Peralta, who is also a firefighter for the Pacific Missile Range Facility, quickly instructed a player to call 911 and then initiated high-performance CPR compressions. Peralta’s daughter Mikaela ran out to his vehicle to grab a pocket mask, and once it was applied, DJ Pabre, the patient’s son, provided rescue breaths to his father until first responders arrived on scene. Waimea firefighters arrived at the gym around 3:50 PM and applied CPR and shock therapy until Pabre regained consciousness. AMR medics continued advanced life support and assumed care of Pabre while he was transported to Kaua`i Veterans Memorial Hospital for further treatment. KFD presented a total of 12 certificates to all individuals honored at Monday’s ceremony. Kaulana Finn, representing Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, also attended the ceremony and presented certificates to all individuals.

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