H1: Maui Firefighter Dies After Being Swept Into Storm Drain
Tragedy has struck the Maui community with the death of Tre Evans-Dumaran, a 24-year-old firefighter who was swept into a storm drain while responding to a flash flood warning. It was a rollercoaster stay in the hospital, but Evans-Dumaran ultimately succumbed to his injuries and passed away on Saturday. In this blog post, we’ll explore the circumstances surrounding this tragedy and the outpouring of support for the Evans-Dumaran family.
H2: Flash Flood Warning Led to Tragedy
On January 27th, Maui was placed under a flash flood warning, and Evans-Dumaran was responding to storm conditions in Kihei, an area along Maalaea Bay on the island’s western side. Unfortunately, he was swept into a storm drain and carried out to sea. He was later found 800 yards away near the shoreline and taken to the Maui Memorial Medical Center.
H2: Initial Signs of Improvement
Evans-Dumaran’s mother Chelsie Evans set up a GoFundMe page to help with his medical expenses, and she provided updates on his progress. When he got his first x-ray done in the hospital, it showed completely white, indicating there was no air in his lungs. However, the following day, doctors started to see black dots indicating air. Unfortunately, that night, doctors found that the right side of his heart was struggling.
H2: Rollercoaster Stay in Hospital
Evans-Dumaran continued to show signs of improvement, at one point even meeting physician commands for him to open his eyes and “give a thumbs up.” But it soon became a “roller coaster” as he became less responsive. Then on Sunday, his mother announced that he had died the day prior.
H2: Outpouring of Support for Evans-Dumaran Family
City officials and Fire Chief Brad Ventura have confirmed the news, with Ventura saying that “one loss is one too many.” Maui Mayor Richard Bissen, Jr. said he is “devastated” by Evans-Dumaran’s death, and that it serves as a reminder of the courageous work emergency responders do for the community. The Evans-Dumaran family has received an outpouring of support from the community, and the GoFundMe page has raised over $90,000 to help with medical expenses.
Tre Evans-Dumaran was a beloved member of the Maui community, and his loss will be felt for years to come. We honor his service and bravery, and our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.