Sayre Foundation presents equipment to Fire Department
The Daniel Robert Sayre Memorial Foundation presented the Hawaii County Fire Department (HCFD) with close to $60,000 worth of equipment in a Saturday morning ceremony at Hapuna Beach State Park in South Kohala, April 19. Donors, foundation committee members, county and state officials gathered to thank the HCFD for all that they do for their communities each and every day.
A significant piece of the new equipment is a Long Range Communication System for Hapuna Beach; the purchase of the system was made possible through a gift from the Ironman Foundation. The equipment, which was demonstrated during the ceremony, makes it possible for ocean safety officers to communicate with beach-goers and swimmers more efficiently.
Also presented were 36 Buoyancy Compensator Devices (used with diving equipment), diving alert systems and safety equipment, cold weather gear, Automated External Defibrillator’s, Rescue Boards, Binoculars, CMC Harness Rescue Equipment, an Emergency Medical Services Cell Booster Kit and GPS Systems. OluKai representative and Waterman Hall of Famer Archie Kalepa was on hand to present and showcase specially-crafted foot wear for all ocean safety officers.
The Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation was founded by Laura and Frank Sayre of Kona following the death of their son, Daniel, in a fall in Pololu Valley. The couple was so moved and impressed by the determined efforts of the HCFD to recover their son’s body they began their effort to ensure the Fire Department had the rescue equipment it needed. Over the past 17 years the Sayres have spearheaded a fundraising effort that has resulted in close to $1 million in equipment donations to the County of Hawaii. All facets of the fire department are positively affected by the gifting.
“We are so grateful to our community and our guests for their generosity in supporting the foundation’s goal to continue to provide life-saving equipment and training to the Hawaii County Fire Department. Together we are making a difference,” said Laura Mallery-Sayre, co-founder and Executive Director.
This year’s Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Annual Awards Dinner and Fundraiser will be held at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii at Mauna Lani Resort on Saturday, Aug. 30, with the silent auction starting at 4:30 p.m. This is the 17th dinner and fundraiser held by the foundation. In 2013 the sold-out event raised more than $100,000.
Rules for posting comments
Comments posted below are from readers. In no way do they represent the view of Oahu Publishing Inc. or this newspaper. This is a public forum.
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content but the newspaper is under no obligation to do so. Comment posters are solely responsible under the Communications Decency Act for comments posted on this Web site. Oahu Publishing Inc. is not liable for messages from third parties.
IP and email addresses of persons who post are not treated as confidential records and will be disclosed in response to valid legal process.
Do not post:
- Potentially libelous statements or damaging innuendo.
- Obscene, explicit, or racist language.
- Copyrighted materials of any sort without the express permission of the copyright holder.
- Personal attacks, insults or threats.
- The use of another person's real name to disguise your identity.
- Comments unrelated to the story.
If you believe that a commenter has not followed these guidelines, please click the FLAG icon below the comment.