Securitas Assistant District Contract Security Manager
Securitas Security Services
August 2017 Kahiau Award Recipient
If you are one of the many travelers flowing through the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, you might hear the warm, resounding voice of Aloha of John Shaw, Securitas Assistant District Contract Security Manager and one of the 1,100 employees at eleven Hawaii airports. As we all know how important hospitality is for the Hawaiian islands, John Shaw and his Securitas team do their very best to not only secure our airports, but also welcome our visitors with the Spirit of Aloha.
John is quick to offer assistance to anyone in need – travelers with luggage in tow looking left and right, not knowing where to start to get to ground transportation; passengers turned about and panicked to get to a connecting flight; or a medical emergency. Ironically, while walking from a refresher CPR/AED class, John saw a crowd gathering by the Japan Travel Bureau. Upon hearing a JTB employee had collapsed and was not breathing, the thought ‘this is not a test’ came to mind. John quickly went into action to apply CPR and directed staff to call for medical assistance and get an AED. After assessment and arrival of the AED, John applied rounds of shock and continued CPR. Upon arrival, EMT took over treatment and the male was revived. Without John’s immediate assistance with CPR/AED, the male would have expired on scene.
John, a retired HPD sergeant, joined Securitas in July 2004 as a School Safety Manager, then moved to the Airports Branch as a Law Enforcement Officer and was promoted to various supervisory positions along the way to his current position.
In addition to being one of the first to wish an Aloha-Welcome or one of the last to bid an Aloha-Farewell, John teaches his team through example with his positive attitude, initiative, enthusiasm and dedication. John truly exemplifies the Securitas mission and core values of Integrity, Vigilance and Helpfulness and reaching out with the Aloha Spirit to all.
John’s hospitality does not end at the close of his shift at the Airport. If not at work, John is out in the community to further keep the Aloha Spirit alive with the many organizations at which he volunteers. As a member of Odd Fellows in five lodges, he volunteers at the Crawford Care Home and Ronald McDonald House, USS Missouri and Waimea Park cleanup, Food Bank Drive, ARC Project Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind school cleanup and Wounded Warrior Projects. He also dons a Santa suit during the holidays for the Honolulu Police Department’s ‘Shop with a Cop’ program for families in need and the Kapiolani Children’s Hospital. Wow!
John Shaw is an exceptional employee and person, who beams the Aloha Spirit at the Airport, enough to warm others to do the same. We are all proud of you at the Securitas Ohana and beyond.
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