Plaques for fallen officers, agent installed at Hawaii Law Enforcement Memorial
HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - In their annual remembrance ceremony, the Hawaii Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation honored the lives of three law enforcement officers with Hawaii ties who had been killed in the line of duty.
Plaques for two police officers and an agent were installed Friday at the Hawaii Law Enforcement Memorial in Honolulu.
The plaques honored:
- Honolulu police officers Tiffany Enriquez and Kaulike Kalama, who were gunned down in a Diamond Head neighborhood last year.
- And U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent John Bost III, who died following an accidental discharge of a rifle.
“This was a hard year, adding three names to the memorial,” said Kurt Kendro, chair of the Hawaii Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation Board. “They’re heroes in our community. That always hurts my heart.”
The three would have been honored last year, but the ceremony was canceled due to the COVID pandemic. There were still some changes with dignitaries who would normally pay tribute in person sending recorded video messages instead.
The ceremony was also limited to family members of the fallen. This included Bost’s family, who traveled from North Carolina.
“John never really made friends, he made family,” said Bost’s brother, Matthew Bost. “He always put himself second, and others first.”
Officer Kalama’s son spoke briefly on behalf of his family.
“It’s an honor that my father’s name will live here, and people will remember it throughout history,” he said.
Enriquez’s family paid tribute to all officers.
“The dark truth is that many of these brave souls wake up in the morning and won’t have the opportunity to make it back home,” said Enriquez’s daughter, Teiya Delgado.
“Our mom, Tiffany Enriquez, was one of the officers who woke up, put on her badge, but didn’t make it home to her family,” said Jazmyn Enriquez. “She lay down her life for the safety of our community, and paid the ultimate sacrifice that any officer could.”
Each officer’s plaque was unveiled by a member of their family. Other family members then were invited to wet their fingers with water blessed by a kahu and touch them to the plaque.
The ceremony comes as the Honolulu Police Department and other law enforcement agencies have come under scrutiny and criticism after fatal shootings involving officers.
“I think this ceremony is fitting at this time, despite all the things going on in our country because law enforcement in this country can step up and do better. We can all do better,” said Kendro, a retired Honolulu Police major.
The ceremony was also a time for family members to thank all law enforcement.
“You are our heroes,” said Matthew Bost. ‘You’re the ones that look out for us, and we love you guys. We pray for your safety every day, and we thank you for everything that you guys do.”
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