Police Widow Fights to Keep Husband's Memory Alive

Barbara Flavela
Barbara Flavela
Tracey Laciste
Tracey Laciste
Sydney Laciste
Sydney Laciste

EWA (KHNL) -- Oahu remembers fallen Honolulu Police Officer Steve Favela almost a year after he died from injuries he suffered while escorting President Bush's motorcade.

Saturday, as members of the community took to the streets as a way to stay safe, Favela's widow fights to keep her husband's memory alive.

Barbara Favela lost her husband a year ago this month. As she takes care of their daughter and three sons, she wants to make sure people don't forget him.

Steve Favela was a husband, a father, and a Honolulu police officer. Almost a year ago, he was killed in a motorcycle accident while escorting president bush's motorcade. His widow Barbara and their children received an outpouring of support from friends and neighbors.

"The community has been very caring and supportive," Barbara Flavela said. "And we're just fortunate to be a part of a community like this and a school that's been so great to our children."

They came together to organize the first annual Steve Favela 2-K Fun Run and Safety Fair.

"Anybody who knows Steve knows he had a really, genuinely great heart and he was a really good person," said Flavela.

That's why his colleagues and neighbors came out to lend their support.

"Our kids play together and hang out a lot," Tracey Laciste, the Favelas' neighbor said. "The kids have sleepovers and we just try to keep them busy and doing things together. Barb's a really strong woman, and we just try to be there when we can."

"I feel good because I'm helping them because they lost somebody who means really good to them, so it feels good helping them," said Sydney Laciste, Tracey's 10-year-old daughter.

Barbara Flavela said her husband would probably be smiling right now.

"I know he's happy with what's going on, and to see we're doing okay, and that we will always celebrate the wonderful person that he was," she said. "And this is our way of doing that, and hopefully, it's the first of many great things we can do in his name and in his memory."

She said Steve was a generous person, so fittingly, proceeds went to their kids' schools. She hopes his memory lives on in people's hearts.

"We just would want the community to never forget that and to always keep him in their memory," she said. "And to keep everything he was about alive in our community here."

Saturday's event raised $2,000 for the Cole Academy, and $6,000 for Holomua Elementary School.