Last week Wednesday, I posted about the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) officers who were injured while providing security for President Bush during his
short visit to O’ahu. I am very sorry to say that one of the officers died yesterday due to the injuries he suffered from the accident. The Honolulu Star Bulletin has an article on fallen Officer Steve
Favela. Officer Favela, age 30, left a wife and four young children (a five-year-old daughter and three sons, ages seven, two and three months). He had served the people of Honolulu for eight years.
The White House issued the following statement: “Officer Favela died from injuries he suffered while protecting us during our visit to Hawaii. We send our condolences to his wife, Barbara, his entire family, and his fellow law
enforcement officers. We pray that God will comfort them and that their friends and loved ones will sustain them in this difficult time.”
HPD spokesperson Capt. Frank Fujii said of Favela: “I know that Steve was first and foremost a very loving husband, a dedicated, great father, loving son and a great sibling. He is going to be missed by everyone.”
On a personal note, based on my own experience from the passing of my father-in-law Sergeant Bobby Ing, a
42-year HPD veteran, and my uncle Detective and Elks Club member William Brown, I know that the Department will provide all the support that it can for the family. But it must still be a devastating time. May the Lord provide His peace and understanding, especially during this Thanksgiving and Christmas season.