Man Meets with Maui Officers Who Saved Him

March 19, 2019, 7:49 AM HST · Updated March 19, 7:57 AM
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Sheldon Biga (in blue, second from right) with Maui Police Chief Tivoli Faaumum (left) and Maui Police officers who he credits with saving his life. PC: Maui Police Department.

Maui resident Sheldon Biga on Thursday, met for the first time with the police officers who he credited with saving his life.

Maui police say Biga was involved in an industrial accident in August of 2018, which caused him to become unresponsive.

Police say Officers Caleb Guarriello and Cesar Desamito were first on scene and were able to move Biga’s lifeless body to a safe location and immediately start CPR and apply an AED. Medics and Fire Department personnel arrived and took over life-saving measures.

It’s been many months since his accident and a lot of therapy but Maui police report that Biga has made an almost complete recovery from his life-threatening injuries. Biga and his wife Marie have credited the quick response of the police officers and other first responders with giving him a “miraculous” second chance on life.

Biga (center) and his wife Marie (left) have credited the quick response of the police officers and other first responders with giving him a “miraculous” second chance on life. PC: Maui Police Department.

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On Monday, March 18, 2019, Biga was able to meet Emergency Services Dispatchers Tori Adolpho and Tracy Pellazar who took the 911 call on the day of the incident.

Biga reportedly has no recollection of the event, but wanted to meet all who were involved with saving him.

“It was also a tremendous gesture on the part of Sheldon and Marie as police and dispatchers as well as other first responders often do not get closure after responding to calls such as this,” police said.  “The outcome is often unknown to them as they are quickly sent to another call for service and are unable to follow-up.”

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