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Check Six – 1999: Guardsmen honored by HPD for standoff assistance

October 31, 2021

From a Honolulu Star-Bulletin article, Thursday, May 13, 1999

Police Chief Lee Donohue presented Certificates of Merit and Letters of Appreciation yesterday to Hawaii National Guard members who aided police during a Pearl City hostage standoff in October.

Maj. Alika Watts and Capt. Rusty Spray received Certificates of Merit. Letters of Appreciation went to Maj. Gen. Edward Richardson, Col. Vern Miyagi, Lt. Col. Gervin Miyamoto, Chief Warrant Officer Alfred Paulino, Master Sgt. Bert Ogasawara, Sgt. 1st Class Jerry Kikiloa, Sgt. 1st Class Francis Hapenney, Staff Sgt. Ray Resurrection and Specialist Lance Taufaasau.

Shortly after midnight October 30, 1998, police requested National Guard assistance to safely transport residents and police in and out of Pacific Palisades. Its sole entrance and exit road were closed because of an armed hostage situation on Waimano Home Road.

Armored vehicles eventually arrived by 3 a.m., and shuttles began in and out of Pacific Palisades in about 36 round trips, crossing the gunman’s line of fire each time.

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