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Officer Lee Named East Hawai’i ‘Officer of the Month’

February 26, 2015, 2:56 PM HST
* Updated February 26, 2:57 PM
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Officer Jenny Lee has been recognized by the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawai’I as the East Hawai’i “Officer of the Month” for February.

Lee’s honor comes following an incident where she and another officer were attempting to move an unruly prisoner to a padded cell. During the attempt, the prisoner attacked the officers and removed Lee’s taser and fired it at her.

During the incident, Officer Lee maintained control of the prisoner. She also stayed on the job throughout the duration of her shift.

“Officer Lee was relentless in not giving the prisoner any chance to move any further within the detention facility and was able to overcome a prisoner who is believed to have mental and substance abuse issues,” said Lieutenant James Gusman in nomination papers. “Other officers assisted in controlling prisoner but it was Officer Lee’s quick actions and brave efforts which prevented any further escalation of force upon the prisoner or the officers.”

Since she has been nominated as “Officer of the Month,” Officer Lee is also now eligible for “Officer of the Year.”

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East Hawai’i “Officer of the Month” is a project organized by the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawai’i.

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