Maui Captain oversaw fight to save heart of Lahaina during huge wildfire

  • Source: KHNL/KGMB-TV Hawaii News Now
  • Published: 02/07/2019 07:36 PM

VIDEO: It’s been six months since massive wildfires ripped through West Maui, leaving dozens of people homeless. According to Maui Fire Department’s Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro, the official fire investigation report states that the cause remains "undetermined." Nevertheless, the heroism of the firefighters that day will never be forgotten. "The guys that I had under me, they performed so valiantly and so brave and selfless,” said MFD Capt. Jamie Joyo. Joyo has been a Maui firefighter for 28 years. He was assigned to protect one of the most critical areas in the heart of Lahaina town: Lahainaluna Road. “As a supervisor, for me, the concern was actually deciding to put people in harm’s way." Approximately 21,000 people live in West Maui and the number of tourists on any given day in the area is unknown. On Aug. 24, brush fires broke out in Maalaea, Lahaina and Kaanapali.


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