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Grueling Big Island journey pays tribute to fallen officers

(Image: Ed Ignacio) (Image: Ed Ignacio)
KONA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Two law enforcement officers completed a grueling trek across the Big Island to honor fallen officers in time for the start of Police Week.

FBI special agent Ed Ignacio and Hawaii County police officer Justin Gaspar traveled 78 miles from the Kona police station to the Hilo police station, crossing over Saddle Road.

Gaspar wore his police uniform. Ignacio donned a plate carrier vest that added about 35 pounds.

"It's basically going from a zero elevation at the Kona police station to the peak of the elevation at about 7,400 ft. That's right at the Pohakuloa Training Area and I think the Hilo station is right at about the 150 feet elevation," said Gaspar.

The money raised will be used to start a scholarship fund for the children of fallen officers.

"It's to perpetuate everything, to honor their sacrifice, to know that their kids are not forgotten, and so that the kids know they're not forgotten," said Ignacio.

Ignacio and Gaspar left Kona at 3 a.m. on May 13 and arrived in Hilo about 28 hour later. 

The project is for the Hawaii Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation. To donate to Saddle Rattle 2018, click here.

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