Officer receives award for saving woman’s life

  • Hawaii Police Department Officer Xylon Takata was honored with a Haweo Award last week for saving the life of an Ocean View woman in 2021. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Just three months after graduating to solo assignment in the Ka‘u district, Hawaii Police Department Officer Xylon Takata saved the life of an Ocean View woman.

For his quick actions, Takata was honored with a Haweo Award during a ceremony held at Hawaii County Council chambers in Kona on Sept. 20.


Responding to a report of an unresponsive female at a residence in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision on Sept. 11, 2021, Takata discovered an individual performing CPR on a 30-year-old unconscious woman.

Quickly assessing the situation, Takata noted the woman was not responding to pain stimuli and her skin tone indicated someone in need of oxygen. He was also informed that the woman may have ingested heroin prior to becoming unresponsive.

Realizing time was of the essence, Takata retrieved his issued Naloxone kit and administered a dose to the victim. Seeing no response, Takata began performing CPR on the woman and after 2 minutes, she began gasping for air and breathing on her own. She was transported to Kona Community Hospital by Hawaii Fire Department personnel and subsequently made a full recovery.

Takata graduated from the 93rd recruit class in February 2021 and was assigned to solo patrol in June 2021.

“In the short time he has been with the department, Officer Takata has established himself as a ‘go-getter’ amongst his peers and is regarded as proactive, dependable, and committed to serving our Big Island community, all the while remaining humble. His quick thinking saved the woman’s life that day,” a media release stated.

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