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HIRSC Team Statement on Sudden Passing of Nevada Moderator

HIRSC - Administration Team releases a statement regarding the sudden passing of a HIRSC Moderator from Las Vegas, Nevada Monday evening (August 9th) from COVID-19.

Published by: HIRSC - Administration and Moderating Team

It is with very heavy hearts and deep sadness for the HIRSC - Administration to announce the sudden passing of a HIRSC - Moderator in Nevada (Las Vegas), whom we will solely identify by his first name Mike, at the request of his family during this difficult time.

Mike, who has been with the HIRSC Team since late 2018 and has been based out of Las Vegas, Nevada, providing us with some very helpful information on systems, departments, and also codes used in the State of Nevada throughout the Southern Nevada basin. Mike has been instrumental as well in helping out team roll out a lot of new updates and ideas for the HIRSC Media Platforms. He was also was one of few moderators who was a part of the Weather Team created in 2019 and assist with weather forecasting for the HIRSC Team and its forecast.

Mike was also a huge part of the Debriefing and Stress Management Team and assisted many community members throughout Hawaii Island and the State of Hawai'i, which also included many local first responders in Hawai'i and in Clark County, Nevada (which encompass the cities of Henderson, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Mesquite).

On the afternoon of Friday, August 6th, 2021, Mike, who was diagnosed and tested positive with COVID-19 several days earlier, went into respiratory distress at his home during quarantine in Las Vegas. Family Members immediately activated 911 and Clark County Fire Department Paramedics responded to his residence and immediately transported him to University Medical Center in Las Vegas in critical condition and later admitted to the Intensive Care Unit hours later and placed on a ventilator on Saturday, August 7th. Mike, unfortunately, lost his battle against COVID-19 early evening hours of Monday, August 9th, 2021 with his family on Zoom at the time of his death.

Mike was fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and had no underlying medical conditions or issues at the time of diagnosis. An autopsy will be completed by the medical examiner to determined the exact cause of death and association to COVID-19.

Mike fought a very strong battle against COVID-19 and fought that battle till the very end with great courage, honor, and strength.

Many of the members of the HIRSC Team will miss Mike for the many jokes that brought us laughter which would make our stomachs hurt, memories made when our team had gotten together for their annual event, treating everyone of us as one of his own family members, and for that, just amazing talent when it came to weather forecasting and helping our team understand the weather patterns and how they can change rapidly through the day as well.

Debriefing and Stress Management Team is assisting all of our team members during this very difficult time and Mike's family has 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 Mike are pending, however, the family will be holding a private service to the immediate family only.

No amount of words in the world can truly describe the deep sadness and sorrow the entire HIRSC Team across all sections is really feeling at this exact time.

To Mike, on behalf of the entire HIRSC Team, we would like to thank you for your commitment, dedication, and also service to not only the Island and the State of Hawai'i but also to the greater part of the Western U.S. Mainland.

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 Aloha Mike,

Benjamin Agdeppa

HIRSC - Founder and Administrator

(All Logos and Cover Photos will be changed to mourning logos until services for Mike have been officially held.)

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