Officers of the Month recognized

  • Photo courtesy County of Kauai

    Kauai’s Officers of the Month were honored. From left, Kaua‘i Police Acting Chief Michael Contrades congratulates Officer Joel Snyder, Officer Kristopher Breyer, and Officer Creighton Tamagawa at the Police Commission Meeting on Oct. 26.

LIHUE — The Kauai Police Department recognized three Officers of the Month during October’s Police Commission meeting held on Oct. 26 at the Mo‘ikeha Building.

Patrol Services Bureau officers Kristopher Breyer, Creighton Tamagawa, and Joel Snyder were each acknowledged for their life-saving accomplishments in three separate incidents in June and August.

On June 2, while off duty with his family at a resort swimming pool, Officer Breyer was alerted to a child underwater and in distress. Breyer immediately jumped into the pool and brought the child to safety.

On Aug. 9, while Officer Tamagawa was speaking to a suspect at his residence, a female household member began suffering an apparent panic attack and stopped breathing. Tamagawa immediately administered CPR to the woman, and she regained consciousness.

On Aug. 18, Officer Joel Snyder was off duty attending a wedding reception at a resort when he noticed a female guest choking on food and needing assistance. OSnyder immediately applied the Heimlich maneuver, which cleared her airway and restored her breathing.

“Because of the quick actions of Officer Breyer, Officer Tamagawa, and Officer Snyder, there are three individuals who are alive today,” said Kauai Police Acting Chief Michael Contrades. “I commend and thank these men for demonstrating excellent judgment, outstanding dedication, and genuine compassion for our community members. Their efforts reflect their true commitment, on and off duty, to keep our community safe.”


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