Aloha Exchange Club honors Willie Brown and Christian Wong
March 19, 2010 – Hilo, Hawaii
Video courtesy the Hawaii County Police Department
Officer William “Willie” Brown Captain Christian Wong were both honored as “Officer of the Year” and “Fire Fighter of the Year” respectively, by the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaii during a dinner ceremony Thursday evening at the Hilo Yacht Club.
Officer Brown, who joined the Police Department in 2003 and now patrols the Puna District, was honored for his investigation of a burglary ring in Mountain View.
Sergeant Juergen Canda, who nominated Brown, says the new Officer of the Year was assigned to a burglary task force because of his “outstanding investigative skills” in connection with a burglary in the Pacific Paradise Gardens subdivision. The police department says Brown’s efforts in that investigation led to the arrest of four suspects, the closure of four burglary cases linked to those suspects, and the recovery of property.
“Officer Brown’s distinctive accomplishment had a tremendous impact on burglaries plaguing the Mountain View neighborhoods and reduction in further offenses,” Canda wrote. “His abilities and dedication to duty resulted in successes that enhanced community confidence in our efforts to serve them and reflect credit upon Officer Brown and the Hawai’i Police Department.”
Meanwhile, Captain Wong was recognized for offering to form a pandemic planning committee, which ultimately drafted the Fire Department’s Pandemic Preparation Plan.
“Captain Wong has been instrumental in every phase of this project of education, training and vaccination of all of our personnel in our Fire Department,” said Fire Chief Darryl Oliveira in his nomination papers. “Without his dedication, persistence and passion for seeing this through, our department would have not been prepared when the first wave of the H1N1 virus reached our state and, of course, our island.”
Both men offered humble thanks to their respective departments and to the community.
The Officer of the Year and Fire Fighter of the year awards are projects of the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaii.