Lifeguard thanks EMS for saving his life


HONOLULU (KHON2) — A man who suffered a medical emergency at a swimming pool thanked those who saved his life on Sunday, May 15.

Norm Skorge was doing laps at the Oahu Club pool in Hawaii Kai on January 11 with his wife Joy. He said he didn’t feel well, then everything went black.

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He sank to the bottom of the pool while in cardiac arrest.

He was then removed from the pool by his friend, and soon after EMS teams began treatment.

Paramedic Mitch Kam and emergency medical technician Tina Craveiro were at work that day. They treated Skorge and took him to the hospital.

EMS reported that the hospital did stent surgery because he had a 90% blockage of a major artery in his heart.

He was released from the hospital two days later.

Skorge, 54, works with the Honolulu Ocean Safety Services as a lifeguard and communications lieutenant.

“My message today is that the emergency medical services system is working,” Skorge said.

Skorge continues his work as an Ocean Safety 911 dispatcher and supervisor.

In honor of the 47th Annual National Emergency Medical Services, Honolulu EMS honored Kam as an EMS Hero of the Week. The Saint Louis School graduate joined EMS in 1995.

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Honolulu Hale will be lit up in orange, white and blue for National EMS Week from Sunday, May 15 through Saturday, May 21.


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