Farewell salute for fallen HPD Officer Garret Davis

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police, firefighters, paramedics, sheriffs and others stood in front of the Honolulu Police Department's headquarters Wednesday for a final salute to Officer Garret Davis.

The traditional ceremony held for fallen officers had some non-traditional elements to it Wednesday.

Usually, the motorcade slows down in front of the main police station, receives the salute, and then continues on to the burial site. However, Officer Davis' family is taking his ashes to the mainland, so elements normally seen during graveside or interment services -- such as the playing of Taps and the three-round volley -- were carried out right on South Beretania Street.

Supported by their emergency response partners, the men and women of the Honolulu Police Department formed a sea of blue in preparation for the arrival of the hearse carrying their fallen colleague.

"A ten hut!" Sgt. James Kinney, Honolulu Police Department, said while bag pipes played in the background.

"It's very sad about hearing what happened," Shaylee Rivera-Ramos, a civilian showing support for HPD, said. "You see the footage that you see on the news. You see the fire and everyone's helping, so you really feel for everyone in the community."

Officer Garret Davis was killed January 21st, when a truck slammed into his patrol car on the H1 Freeway.

Many civilians, who didn't even know the 28-year-old native of California, say they felt compelled to be here.

"It's important for me because this person was from out of town, a police officer, and he's here. He helped us in many ways," Moses Andres, Kalihi resident, said.

As the procession neared, HPD dispatch did a final roll call.

"Command Console calling Officer Garret Davis," a dispatcher said.

"1200 calling Command Console," Maj. Moana Heu, Davis' patrol district commander, replied. "Have Officer Davis make a 10-1 and show him SA to the man upstairs. From our hands to yours."

Davis' family members stepped out of their vehicle.

"Present arms!" Kinney said.

Then, pallbearers carried out the urn for a farewell salute. A three-round volley was followed by the playing of Taps.

California will be the officer's final resting place. As HPD's Solo Bike Detail started leading the procession to the Honolulu International Airport, the police helicopter moved in and dropped flowers.

"From the police ohana, mahalo nui loa for your commitment and dedication to public service," the dispatcher said. "Ahui hou 'til we meet again. Aloha oe. Aloha oe."

Some of Davis' fellow officers will be traveling to Sacramento to attend funeral services there this weekend.

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