Kahului – Fire Department Fire Chief Jeffrey A. Murray proudly promoted three members of the department to the rank of Captain.
Fire Fighter III Lionel Montalvo, a 23-year veteran will be promoted to the rank of Fire Captain. FF Montalvo joined the Department in 1991 and was assigned to the Fire Prevention Bureau. He spent six years as a Fire Inspector before being reassigned to the Wailuku Fire Station as a FFIII.
Fire Fighter III Kaipo Kahai, a 14-year veteran will rise to the rank of Fire Captain. FF Kahai started his career at Kaunakakai Station as a FFI for a year and Napili Station for seven years. Upon his promotion to FFIII, he served one year at Pukoo Station and spent the last five years back at the Napili Fire Station.
Fire Fighter III Kekoa Puhi, a 23-year veteran will be promoted to the rank of Fire Captain. FF Puhi joined the department in February 1991. From the time he was hired, he had been assigned to the Fire Prevention Bureau, Lanai, Hoolehua, and Kaunakakai Fire Stations. Promoted in December 2001, he was first assigned to the Lanai Fire Station. From there he made his way back to Molokai at the Pukoo Fire station before ending up at the Kaunakakai Fire Station.
Chief Murray said, “These promotions are well-deserved. The communities in which they are assigned to will greatly benefit from the knowledge, training and experience these men have to offer.”