Shannon Yonamine became a lifesaver on May 4, 2012. Iolani School teacher Peter Greenhill was playing basketball during a lunchtime student-faculty game, when he suddenly felt light-headed and ill. Peter immediately headed to the infirmary and as he reached the doorway, he collapsed. Iolani Nurse and Director of Health Services Shannan Yonamine observed that Peter was sweaty, grey in color and gasping for breath. She immediately checked for responsiveness, called 911, and started CPR. Shortly after, another parent took over the CPR while Shannan retrieved the AED outside of her office. Shannan prepared the AED and allowed it to assess and administer the shocks to Peter as needed. Shannan continued to administer CPR and monitor the AED until paramedics arrived. EMS reported that Peter started to respond while in the ambulance. Thanks to Shannan’s calm and quick action, Peter’s life was saved.
Billy Newell, a security guard and Navy base police officer, was dining at Kauai’s Pacific Missile Range Facility when he noticed a military officer gesturing for help. A woman was choking on a piece of steak. Billy quickly went to her aid and took charge of the situation. He instructed bystanders to call 911 and started to deliver abdominal thrusts, chest thrusts and back blows to clear the obstruction, but was unsuccessful. Billy advised bystanders to clear the area as he knew the woman would lose consciousness, and he would need an area to lay her down. Upon losing consciousness, Billy looked for the obstruction and provided rescue breaths to no avail. The woman started turning purple, so Billy began CPR. After the fourth set of CPR, Billy again attempted abdominal thrusts and was able to clear the obstruction. The victim regained consciousness and was placed in the recovery position until the Kauai Fire Department and EMS arrived to assist. Billy’s efforts saved her life.