Hawaii News

Friday, May 24, 2019

Follow Up: Big Island firefighter killed in motorcycle accident saved thousands of lives

Hawaii Fire Chief Darren Rosario said that David Mahon was recently promoted to captain in the Hawaii Fire Department. In his 18 years of service in fire rescue and as an emergency medical technician, he likely had a hand in saving thousands of lives on the Big Island according to Rosario. "Yesterday we lost a very valuable man to our department, but most importantly, a very important father, son, and significant other," Rosario said. Mahon was killed on Highway 190 just south of the 14-mile marker. Police said a 2006 Honda Pilot SUV driven by a 21-year-old Kamuela man overtook several cars in a no passing zone and hit Mahon who was driving northbound. He was transported to Kona Hawaii Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:37 p.m.

Arson case opened after equipment fire at Sherwood’s in Waimanalo

The Honolulu Police Department is investigating an arson case after a fire Wednesday night damaged an excavator and bulldozer at Sherwood's in Waimanalo. The fire department responded to a call that came in at about 10:29 p.m. Wednesday about construction equipment on fire. The damage to the excavator was estimated at $200,000 and the damage to the bulldozer was estimated at $50,000.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Fatal crash claims life of Hawaii Fire Department veteran

A Hawaii Fire Department veteran was killed in a three-vehicle crash Wednesday morning on Mamalahoa Highway near the North Kona-South Kohala boundary. Fire Chief Darren Rosario confirmed to West Hawaii Today the man had an 18-year career with the department. The West Hawaii resident had recently been promoted to a fire captain position in East Hawaii, and was headed to work at the time of the fatal collision. “A great man was taken way too soon and too young,” Rosario said Wednesday afternoon, referring to the veteran firefighter as having “always been a great asset to our department.” Police Wednesday evening identified the victim as 49-year-old David Alan Mahon, of Kailua-Kona. “At this time, we’re in heavy mourning and our hearts and prayers continue to be with his family at this time,” the fire chief said. The fire captain was operating a purple 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle and headed Waimea bound on Mamalahoa Highway, also known as Highway 190, when he collided with a Kona-bound 2006 Honda Pilot SUV near mile marker 14 around 6:35 a.m. about 0.2 miles south of the highway’s intersection with Daniel K. Inouye Highway, Hawaii Police and Fire officials said.
West Hawaii Today

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