LODD: Hawaii fire equipment operator dies during EMS call

Hawaii Fire Department Equipment Operator Eric Hayashi, 49, died Saturday from a suspected heart attack

Duty Death: Eric Hayashi - [Hilo, Hawaii]

End of Service: 08/08/2020


By Laura French

HILO, Hawaii — A Hawaii fire equipment operator died due to a medical emergency while responding to an EMS call Saturday, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Hawaii Fire Department Equipment Operator Eric Hayashi, 49, suffered an apparent heart attack while on the scene of the call, the USFA reported. Hayashi was immediately taken to the hospital where he later died. 

Hawaii Fire Department Equipment Operator Eric Hayashi, 49, died Saturday due to a medical emergency at the scene of an EMS call. (Photo/Hawaii Fire Department)
Hawaii Fire Department Equipment Operator Eric Hayashi, 49, died Saturday due to a medical emergency at the scene of an EMS call. (Photo/Hawaii Fire Department)

Hayashi was a member of the Hawaii Fire Department for nearly 25 years and was also a driver-engineer, according to the IAFF

He is survived by his mother, brother, girlfriend and daughter. 

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