Honolulu Paramedic Gets Emotional Talking about Shooting Tragedy

Aina Haina resident Kai Ohashi, right, and Waikiki resident Lucy Taylor observe billowing smoke from a house fire after a shooting and domestic incident at a residence on Hibiscus Road near Diamond Head on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Honolulu. Witnesses say at least two Honolulu police officers were shot and two civilians were injured. Moments after the shooting, the house was set on fire, possibly by the suspect. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)
Aina Haina resident Kai Ohashi, right, and Waikiki resident Lucy Taylor observe billowing smoke from a house fire after a shooting and domestic incident at a residence on Hibiscus Road near Diamond Head on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

HONOLULU — Honolulu paramedic Kaipo Hayashida still has a hard time digesting what happened earlier this month.

He was among the earliest of the first responders on scene Jan. 19 when a Hawaii handyman allegedly stabbed a woman and killed two officers before the house he and two women were in burned.

A massive fire destroyed seven homes in Diamond Head. Hayashida told KITV what transpired didn’t hit him until he went home that night.

“‘Cause I went home to my family and then I see my son crawling to me. And then I could feel for the families and everything like that. Just an appreciation that I was able to go home safe,” he said.

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