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

September 25, 2015, 11:06 AM HST
* Updated September 25, 11:07 AM
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Officer Paul Mangus was recognized on Thursday as September’s East Hawai’i “Officer of the Month” by the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawai’i.

The award was presented to Officer Mangus for his efforts in assisting a man who was experiencing a medical emergency.

On July 24, Officer Mangus was at a bank in Downtown Hilo waiting to conduct a transaction when he heard someone crying for help. The nine-year-veteran found a woman in distress because a man she was with was experiencing what appeared to be seizures.

According to reports, Officer Mangus jumped to respond, helped the man to the floor, and cleared his airway until the Hawai’i County Fire Department was able to respond. The man was taken to Hilo Medical Center.

Employees at the bank commended Officer Mangus for his calm, professional, and quick response to the situation. It was noted that his response allowed customers and staff to feel like everything was under control.

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Now that he has received an “Officer of the Month,” award, Officer Mangus is eligible for “Officer of the Year.”

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The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawai’i conducts the East Hawai’i “Officer of the Month” award as a project.

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