Molokai police officer Kyle Bishaw-Juario, who maneuvered his patrol car in front of an out of control vehicle entering Kaunakakai on Dec. 18, received the civil medal of valor yesterday for his quick thinking and action.
Also honored by the Maui Police Department were Radio Telephone Operator Chris Neuhart, Sgt. Randy Esperanza, and Officer Stafford Caparida. Those three received certificates of merit by Maui Police Chief Gary Yabuta.
For helping to stop Gaig Yap’s runaway vehicle, Yabuta said these officers demonstrated “a sincere act of bravery and success in lifesaving.”
Yap called 911 while traveling to town on the Maunaloa Highway, clearly frantic because he was unable to slow down his Honda Civic. To hear Yap’s complete 911 call, click this link.
No one was injured as Bishaw-Juario pulled in front of Yap and applied his brakes, allowing the Honda to collide with the rear of the patrol car and eventually come to a stop in front of Paddlers’ Inn. This was a tragedy narrowly averted as the Saturday Farmers Market was in full swing with a Christmas crafts fair.
To read a full account of this incident, click here.