HONOLOLU (KHON) - A date which will live in infamy was also a day the Honolulu Fire Department unexpectedly went to war.
On Dec. 7, 1941, Engine 6 was the first to respond to Hickam Airfield.
Three firefighters died and six were wounded. All received the Purple Heart.
“It’s something that distinguishes the Honolulu Fire Department among all the other departments in the United States,” Jenkins said. “We’re the only department that has members, civilian members that were awarded the Purple Heart.”