Deputies honored for saving courthouse worker's life

Kanno: "They are my guardian angels"

 UPDATED 6:46 PM HST Mar 07, 2013

An Oahu courthouse worker says she wouldn't be alive today had it not been for the swift action of two sheriff deputies.

On Thursday, the deputies were honored for going beyond the call of duty.

"They are my guardian angels because they... without them I wouldn't be here," said Jane Kanno.

Last December, Kanno suffered a heart attack and collapsed at work.  Two state sheriff deputies, one of whom is an EMT, an emergency medical technician, came to her rescue by applying a compression-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation and a defibrillator.

"We applied the AED, did one shock and continued CPR and right when the fire crews showed up she started breathing again," said Deputy Dan Kuwahara.

Kanno was transported to the hospital where she quickly recovered.

"The only thing I remember is my doctor said I died for two minutes," said Kanno.

Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald honored the men Thursday for the live-saving actions.

"This is a very humbling experience for me," said Deputy Clark Higa.  "I am glad the situation turned out for the best.  Miss Kanno is back at work and has a fast recovery."

A fast recovery, that allowed Kanno to share a happy group picture with her colleagues.

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