By PoliceOne Staff
RENO, Nev. — A Hawaii police officer was named National School Resource Officer of the Year by the National Association of School Resource Officers.
The NASRO announced on Monday that Officer Marvin Tevaga, of the Maui Police Department, was presented with the award during the annual School Safety Conference in Reno, Nevada. Tevaga serves as an SRO at King Kekaulike High School in Maui, Hawaii.
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Tevaga was honored for saving the life of a student who suffered cardiac arrest. In August 2015, Tevaga initiated cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the student who wasn’t showing signs of a pulse. Four minutes after the officer came to his aid, the student resumed breathing on his own.
“Officer Tevaga has contributed vastly to his department, school and others during the eight years he has served as an SRO,” said Mo Canady, NASRO executive director. “Among his many noteworthy accomplishments, he helped save the life of a student who suffered cardiac arrest at school.”
The officer was also honored for other actions that go beyond the expectations of the normal duties of an SRO. Some of those actions include:
Raising money for shoes for needy children in India and personally delivering the shoes during his vacation, at his own expense. Serving as a volunteer referee for the Police Athletic League’s youth flag football program. Leading school traffic-safety awareness and education programs, including campaigns to promote awareness of distracted driving dangers. Helping to protect students from illegal drugs by executing several search warrants, all of which led to arrests of adults on charges related to selling drugs to juveniles.