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HIRSC Team Statement on Sudden Passing of Colorado Moderator

HIRSC - Administration Team releases a statement regarding the sudden passing of a HIRSC - Colorado Moderator on the afternoon of Friday, September 3rd, 2021.

Published by: HIRSC - Administration and Moderating Team

Aloha HIRSC Supporters and also 'Ohana,

(This is a statement I wished I didn't have to write once again in 2021)

It is once again with very heavy hearts and deep sadness for the HIRSC - Administration to announce the sudden passing of a HIRSC - Colorado (Colorado Springs) Moderator, whom I will solely identify by his first name Jerry, per the request of his family during this difficult time.

Jerry has been a part of the HIRSC Team in Colorado since early 2019 when our expansion into the Western U.S. was beginning. He has been so instrumental to our team in so many ways from, setting up the Colorado Section Webpages, covering major events in Colorado, and also happening on the Island of Hawaii, while our team was out, answering many of our followers and supporters questions related to scanners or what is happening on the Island of Hawaii. Jerry had dedicated so much time to making the HIRSC Team a success. Jerry is also our savior and hero when it came to getting replacement scanner antenna setup and also equipment to help get the feed back online during a prolonged outage that occurred with our West Hawaii Scanner Feed in late December 2020. He made a special trip into Denver to drop off much-needed equipment on a flight en route to Kona, without his efforts our feed would've not been restored in a timely fashion before the New Year of 2021.

On the afternoon of Friday, September 3rd, 2021, Jerry's family members conducted a welfare check after he failed to attend brunch at a family member's house in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Upon further investigation by family members, they found him unresponsive in his bedroom and immediately called 911, where paramedics from the Colorado Springs Fire Department responded to the scene and immediately began life-saving measures and transported him to an area hospital, where sadly shortly after arriving, the pronouncement of death was officially made at 3:18 pm Friday afternoon.

Jerry was recently diagnosed with COVID-19 in Grand Junction, Colorado after exposure from a relative, whom he was visiting at the time had tested positive for COVID-19 during his visit. He was recently discharged from quarantine at a relative's home in Grand Junction and returned back to his home in Colorado Springs. Jerry was fully vaccinated at the time of diagnosis/notification of positive test results.

An autopsy was completed and determined the official cause of death was a brain (ruptured) aneurysm and not complications from COVID-19 symptoms experience weeks earlier. Although Jerry had tested positive for COVID-19, according to health officials and the medical examiner's office, Jerry's death was not added to the COVID-19 due to his cause of death being classified as natural and not related to COVID-19.

Jerry will be missed for not only playing such a huge role at HIRSC with getting equipment and also providing technical support to our team's website but also to the West Hawaii Scanner Feed during an unfortunate mishap. He'll be greatly missed for treating our entire team as one of his own family members and also the willingness to help others (including our supporters and followers) in their greatest time of need. He'll be dearly be missed by all members of the entire HIRSC Team.

Debriefing and Stress Management Team is assisting all of our team members during this very difficult time and at the request of Jerry's family, they have asked for complete privacy during this very difficult time as well. They would like to extend their deepest gratitude for all the condolences and prayers that will be sent their way as well. All services for Jerry are pending at this time and will be held at a very later date, following the ease of COVID-19 restrictions.

There are no amount of words in the world that can truly best describe the deep sadness and sorrow the entire HIRSC Team across all sections is really feeling at this exact time and place.

You may be gone from our sights, but you will never be gone from our hearts.

me ke aloha pumehana; until we meet again.

Rest In Peace, Love, and Lots of Aloha, Jerry,

Benjamin Agdeppa

HIRSC - Founder and Administrator

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