Officer of the Month: Officer Joseph PassmoreOctober 27, 2017, 2:05 PM HST (Updated October 27, 2017, 2:05 PM)
Officer Joseph Passmore, an 11-year police veteran, has been named as the Aloha Exchange Club’s Officer of the Month for October 2017. Officer Passmore was selected based on the compassion and professional commitment he demonstrated in assisting a family who experienced a tragic house fire.
On Sept. 9, 2017, Officer Passmore responded to a residential fire in a Volcano subdivision and upon arrival, he observed a house completely engulfed in flames.
He immediately approached the residence to determine if anyone was still in residence and subsequently located two young children and a male adult in an ambulance nearby. He learned that the children had escaped the fire uninjured. However, the father had been severely burned. He was rushed to the hospital and later flown to the Straub Burn Center on O‘ahu, where he succumbed to his injuries within the following weeks.
Having lost all their possessions with no place to stay, Officer Passmore immediately offered to take the mother and children to his own home to stay with his family. Officer Passmore assisted the traumatized mother in arranging for a more permanent place for the family to stay and have their needs met.
This selfless act of compassion and caring is indicative of the character and integrity of an officer who will take the extra step in helping a family in their hour of need, and is the highest example of aloha.