LIHU‘E — The county Department of Water recognized 11 employees, including two recipients of the department’s Employee of the Year awards, during the Kaua‘i Board of Water Supply’s February meeting.
Darwin “Zoom” Bukoski and Terrilyn Amorin were announced as the DOW Employees of the Year for demonstrating sustained excellence in their performance and dependability throughout the year.
“Congratulations to Zoom and Terrilyn on this excellent achievement, and to the crew members for their commitment to service. We thank you all for your hard work and significant contributions to the department,” said BWS Chairperson Julie Simonton.
“He accepts the greater responsibility and goes above and beyond his job duties to keep the water flowing,” a resolution reads regarding Bukoski.
“Zoom was one of two personnel that dropped everything over the weekend and hiked through muddy terrain to replenish dwindling water-disinfection chemicals and perform electro-mechanical repairs in Hanalei, Wainiha, Ha‘ena after the areas were isolated due to a landslide on Kuhio Highway.”
Amorin is described by her DOW colleagues in KBWS Resolution No. 22-13 as a “dependable and reliable employee that always goes above and beyond in assisting both billing and accounting sections and other divisions when needed.”
She has also spearheaded the DOW’s annual participation in the Kaua’i United Way fundraiser, foodbank food drive collections and The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree.
“Our employees continuously perform above and beyond their job duties to provide dependable service for customers from Kekaha to Ha‘ena,” said DOW Manager and Chief Engineer Joe Tait. “It is my pleasure to congratulate these employees for their diligent efforts put forth every day serving customers and their teammates.”
Kreig Medeiros, Darren Horner, Ryan Fu, Stetson Raposas, Reid Samio, Jeffrey Silva and Michael Mack, Water Service Supervisor Chris Nakamura and Field Operations Superintendent Virgil Kapanui were also acknowledged in appreciation for their outstanding teamwork, superior performance and dedication.
The crewmembers demonstrate teamwork on the job, completing timely repairs and maintenance to water mains and service laterals, conducting upgrades to cross country lines, some located at 240-foot elevations, installing fire hydrants, valve maintenance, clay valve piping, performing traffic control and more.
Pipefitter leads Silva and Mack were also highlighted for their safety, wisdom, knowledge and guidance for their crews.
“We received many compliments from residents commending these crew members for their excellent service and team efforts. Therefore, it is an honor to recognize them today,” said Tait.
“They work in many uncertain situations, including long hours and hazardous weather, to keep water service on. I would also like to thank their families for their understanding of the time spent away from them, sometimes not knowing what time they will come home,” Tait said.
Source: The Garden Island