Honolulu police officer injured during president's visit dies
By Marisa Yamane
A sad day for the Honolulu Police Department.
The solo bike officer injured while escorting President Bush has died.
Officer Steve Favela passed away at 11:15 Sunday morning at the Queen's Medical Center.
Steve Favela's friends tell us the family decided to pull him off of life support Sunday morning.
They say Saturday night, he underwent a brain scan and it came back with grim results.
"We love Steve very much. Steve is a really good guy," said Aly Lorenzo, Favela's neighbor.
"Good family man, you know, serving his community. All I can sum it up is that he's a perfect man," said Gemma Alcade, Favela's neighbor.
Those who knew Officer Steve Favela can't say enough nice things about him.
"If you're in need of a smile, he's the guy to go to. He'll make you laugh, always make you smile, great guy, solid, could depend on him," said Koa Dobrowolsky, Favela's friend.
"One thing that blew my mind was that I saw him at my son's school and I said what are you doing here? He said volunteer work for the D.A.R.E program," said Alcade.
"When I received the phone call that Steve had passed away, quite frankly my heart just sank to the guts of my stomach," said Honolulu Police Captain Frank Fujii.
Favela passed away Sunday morning from the injuries he received while escorting President Bush last Tuesday.
"My immediate thoughts went to his wife Barbara, the four beautiful children, and of course, his parents," said Fujii.
Those who knew Favela say he was first and foremost a family man.
He had three boys and a girl -- the oldest seven, the youngest just three months old.
Favela joined HPD eight years ago, and had been a solo bike officer for the past two years.
He was also a reserve officer for the Coast Guard's maritime safety security team.
"My impression was of course a road to recovery, and the amount of people and support for the donation of blood," said Alcade.
The Hawaii Blood Bank got a record number of donors over the past few days following pleas from Favela's wife and the police chief.
"On behalf of the Favela family, Chief Correa, and the entire H.P.D. ohana, I'd like to express my gratitude and appreciation for the overwhelming support that the community has shown us during this very difficult time," said Fujii.
"He comes from a great family, and he's just going to be missed," said Alcade.
Officer Steve Favela was 30 years old.