Maui EMT who died in Lahaina remembered as someone who ‘loved helping people’

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Loved ones are mourning the loss of a Maui EMT killed in the Lahaina wildfire.

Tony Simpson, 43, was identified using a DNA sample.

Special Section: Those We Lost in Lahaina

Maui police notified his family that he had been positively identified on Friday afternoon.

Paramedic Chris Rose said Simpson was his partner — and also a true friend.

“He was a joy to be around. He was sincere, playful, and loved helping people,” Rose said. “I lost a great partner that he felt like a brother and that loss is hard.”

Simpson was not on duty when he died.

He is survived by his parents, two sisters, and a brother.

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