Kazunari Fujimura was recognized as the 2018 Honolulu police officer of the year.
Fujimura was a firefighter in Japan for 15 years with HAZMAT experience. He moved his family to Hawaii and made the move to HPD where he has been an officer for 10 years.
He was recognized for revising the department's policy on hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction.
"As you, we all know the first person that usually arrives on any type of incident is police officers. Regardless if it's a regular medical call, police call or if it's a HAZMAT incident and it's very important for the officer to understand the basic HAZMAT with these types of incidents. I think it's very crucial for them to understand the basics," Fujimura said.
Fujimura recently spent time on Kauai as well working with the emergency operations center there following the devastating floods.
"It was very difficult, challenging but we got boots on the ground, was able to assist all the public over there. The evacuation process and the recovery process which is still on going," Fujimura said.
Also recognized today: Sally Yukiko Murata. she received HPD's Outstanding Citizenship award. If she looks familiar, she is.... Island News named her our MVP in March of last year.
At 102 years young, she is still an active member in the Sheridan Citizens Patrol, working to keep her neighborhood safe.