Hundreds Mourn Fallen Sheriff

Daniel Browne-Sanchez
Daniel Browne-Sanchez

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Deputy sheriff Daniel Brown-Sanchez died a hero trying to protect his co-workers. On Sunday, the 27-year old's life is remembered while his death is mourned.

Fellow sheriffs say Browne-Sanchez wasn't anything special, just an all around great guy. But when someone threatened his friends, they say he did the right thing -- he did what he was trained to Hawaii's law enforcement agencies exchange hugs and kisses, and well wishes for a fallen friend.

"This is the first time in the modern history of the division that this has happened, so to have this support from the other organizations and individuals is just great," said Sgt. Shawn Tsuha, of the Hawaii Sheriff's division.

Hundreds came out to pay their respects to Browne-Sanchez, who was shot and killed during a botched robbery at Osake sushi bar and lounge.

"He is the sheep dog that protects the sheep in the fold," said Tsuha. "He didn't have to do what he did but he went ahead and just did what his training taught him to do."

"If Dan didn't do what he did that night, we might have more than one person having a funeral today," said deputy sheriff Johnnie Kukahiko.

His motorcade passes the state capitol, so people there can give their last respects.

And there was a somber tribute at Kewalo Basin.

Robina Bowne says goodbye to her only child one final time, before his friends spread his ashes at sea.

"Some people might say what he did was kinda foolish, but in our type of work, that's what we do -- we save lives," said Kukahiko.

Browne-Sanchez worked at Osake part time. The lounge is holding a fundraiser Sunday night. Donations will be accepted, and a portion of sales will go to Browne-Sanchez's family.