LIHUE — Timothy Terrazas moved to Kauai 35 years ago looking for some good waves, said Kauai Fire Chief Robert Westerman.
He found a career.
Terrazas was promoted to Fire Fighter III during a ceremony Tuesday at the Moikeha Building. He was one of six people in the Kauai Fire Department who were honored.
Terrazas, building a family of four daughters with his wife Diana, has been with the Kauai Fire Department for 16 years.
Adam Hussey, a member of the department since 2004, was the second Fire Fighter III promotion. His new badge was pinned by his wife Kylie and their two sons, Micah and Noah.
Palani and Ipo Vaughn flew in for the occasion of their son, Kilipaki Vaughn’s promotion to Fire Prevention Inspector II Lieutenant. Ipo did the honors of pinning Kilipaki’s promotional badge.
Kilipaki, an 11-year veteran with the department, has ohana connections to Haena, Kalihiwai, and Koloa. He said he is grateful for the opportunities to contribute to the growth and betterment of the department.
He is married to Mehana and has three keiki, Piko, Nae and Ana.
Fire Cpt. Dan Hirata started his KFD career in 1997 at the Waimea station, and has served at the Kalaheo and Hanapepe fire stations. Lei Lynn, his wife, pinned the captain’s badge.
Kekoa Dizol of Koloa is one of two Fire Fighter II, assigned to hazmat. A nine-year employee of the KFD, Dizol was pinned by his wife Dee.
Blair Yamashita, born and raised on Kauai, is the second Fire Fighter II, assigned to rescue. Following his graduation from Oregon State University in exercise and sport science, Yamashita joined the KFD in 2005. He accepted his new badge from his parents, Steve and Laraine Yamashita.
His family includes his wife Tiffany and children Jayden, Sienna, Brynn and McKenna.