Officer Eric Charles Fontes Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii EoW: Tuesday, September 13, 2011

FontesHonolulu Police Department, Hawaii

Officer Eric Charles Fontes

Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii
End of Watch: Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Biographical Info

Age: 45
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Date of Incident: September 13, 2011
Weapon Used: Automobile
Suspect Info: Charged with negligent homicide

Agency Contact Information

Chief Louis Kealoha
Honolulu Police Department
801 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 529-3111

Officer Eric Fontes was struck and killed by an automobile while conducting a traffic stop with other officers on Farrington Highway at about 10:30 pm.
The vehicle was stopped along the median in the left hand lane. Another car entered the scene and struck one of the patrol cars, Officer Fontes, and a second officer.
Officer Fontes succumbed to injuries while being transported to a local hospital. The other injured officer was transported in critical condition.
The driver who struck Officer Fontes was arrested and charged with negligent homicide and other charges.
Officer Fontes had served with the Honolulu Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Those who knew him say Honolulu police officer Eric Charles Fontes viewed being a cop as his dream job. He graduated from the police academy in 2005 and was named most inspirational officer in his class.

He died Tuesday night after being struck by a vehicle during a routine traffic stop on Farrington Highway.

"Today we mourn the death of officer Eric Fontes and are shocked by the traffic incident that took his life," Chief Louis Kealoha said.

His relative BJ Younce said she was stuck in the traffic that backed up after the accident.

"The whole time I was thinking, ‘Please don’t let it be uncle Eric. Please don’t let it be uncle Eric.’ But it was," she said.

Fontes grew up on Molokai and graduated from Molokai High School in 1984. He moved to the Big Island then Oahu, where he worked in security at Ala Moana Center. He got married and immersed himself in his Christian faith.

"Even when he would say he had to arrest somebody, he would also be ministering to them in the car, trying to comfort them, trying to tell them what they did wrong," church friend Tommy Goo said.

On some Sundays Fontes, 45, preached the sermon at Ka Hale Hoano O Ke Akua church in Kalihi. He sang in the choir, assisted in the prison ministry, and led a weekly Bible study. Monday was his last.

"Uncle Eric was a real inspirational person. All the times I’ve been around him, he was a real humble person," relative Kiki Keala said.

Fontes told his family he wanted to eventually become a police chaplain.

He worked nearly seven years out of the Kapolei station as a patrol officer. For his family, his death is déjà vu.

"He actually died the same way my uncle died on the Big Island. My uncle was an officer, too. On duty, he died from a DUI driver," relative Kenneth Younce said.

At police headquarters, HPD set up a memorial for Fontes. A portrait of the fallen officer was flanked by police boots and gloves, a framed American flag, and a candle. He is the forty second Honolulu police officer killed in the line of duty.

"As a community, we share in the loss of this fine officer," Kealoha said.

"For all of us, we know God has one more angel, wearing a blue suit," Goo said.

Fontes is survived by his wife, their children and grandchildren, and relatives on Molokai and Oahu.

 

MEMORIAL SERVICES

The Fontes family announced memorial services for the fallen officer. A ceremony is scheduled at Borthwick Mortuary on Friday, September 30 from 3 to 9 p.m. The family is requesting that no flowers be delivered to the mortuary as they plan to lay Fontes to rest at his home island of Molokai.

The burial on Molokai is scheduled on Saturday, October 8. Details of that service are still pending.

A special fund has been set-up for both Fontes and Scanlan at any branch of the Hawaii Law Enforcement Federal Credit Union.  Donations may be made at the main branch on Young Street, the Pearl City Police Station branch, and the Kapolei branch.  Donations may also be made by mail to the main branch at 1537 Young Street 3rd floor, Honolulu, HI 96826. 
Checks may be made payable to the Hawaii Law Enforcement Federal Credit Union or HLEFCU with “Officer Relief Fund” noted on the check memo line.  HLEFCU members may also make donations by phone by calling 973-4311. 

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