Paying tribute: National Police Week event in Kona honors fallen officers

  • Lt. Roy Valera serves as emcee at the Police Week ceremony Wednesday at the Kona Police Station. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Dan Franck plays Taps. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Kealakehe High School Jr. ROTC cadets present colors at the Police Week ceremony Wednesday at the Kona Police Station. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Members of the Special Response Team perform a 21 gun salute at the Police Week ceremony Wednesday at the Kona Police Station. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • A candle for each fallen officer is on the table at the Police Week ceremony Wednesday at the Kona Police Station. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Deputy Chief Bugado lights a candle to honor fallen officers at the Police Week ceremony Wednesday at the Kona Police Station. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Chief Paul Ferreira delivers his speech at the Police Week ceremony Wednesday at the Kona Police Station. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Above: Hawaii Police Department officers salute at the Nationl Police Week ceremony Wednesday at the Kona Police Station. Above left: Dan Franck plays Taps. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Police officers, dignitaries and community members gathered Wednesday in Kailua-Kona to honor the Big Island’s fallen law enforcement officers amid National Police Week.