Maui County’s fallen officers are remembered
First photo: Maui police Detective Jonathan Kaneshiro lights a candle for Maui Police Department officer Gene Williams, who was killed when he was struck by a drunken driver while directing traffic Aug. 9, 1999, at a construction site on Honoapiilani Highway in Kaanapali. Williams was 38. He was among six law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in Maui County who were remembered at a Peace Officers Memorial Week ceremony Monday at Hale Maka’i police headquarters in Wailuku. “We’re here to remember them, remember the sacrifice they made,” said Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu. “They put their lives on the line in service of their fellow citizens.”
Candles also were lit for MPD officers Harry K.W. Fung, Frank A.F. Kong, William Roback Sr. and Cerilo “Bambi” Agarano Jr., and Haleakala National Park ranger Suzanne “Suzi” Roberts. Fung was 23 when he was hit by a car and killed while directing traffic emerging from Baldwin High School onto the Wailuku-Kahului highway on Nov. 19, 1941. Kong, 54, was shot and killed trying to prevent two inmates from escaping from jail on July 11, 1952. Roback, 57, was shot and killed by an injured man he was transporting from Hana to Kailua on the way to the hospital on April 13, 1958. Agarano, 46, was conducting surveillance on a clandestine drug laboratory in remote Kanaio when he suffered a fatal heart attack Nov. 9, 1999. Roberts, 36, was killed Sept. 14, 2004, when she was struck by a boulder while clearing rocks that had blocked a roadway in the Kipahulu District of the park. The ceremony marked the start of Police Week, which will include tours for schoolchildren of the Wailuku and Kihei police stations.
Second photo: Photos are displayed of six law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in Maui County.
Third photo: Police honor guard members Sgt. James Terry (right) and officer Trinidad Alconcel pay tribute to the six law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in Maui County.
The Maui News / LILA FUJIMOTO photos