Tomorrow will be an opportunity for Molokai friends and family of fallen Officer Eric Fontes to pay their respects before he is buried at his final resting place at Ho’olehua Cemetery.
Honolulu Police Department Officer Fontes was killed Sept. 13 after a truck slammed into him during a traffic stop in Ko Olina. Fontes and Officer Herman Scanlan, both out of the Kapolei station, stopped a vehicle with expired registration tags when they were hit by the pickup truck. Fontes was hit in the back and killed while Scanlan sustained leg and other injuries.
Services for the Molokai native were held in Honolulu last Friday before his body was transported to Molokai on Wednesday. Hundreds turned out for the services at Borthwick Mortuary.
Fellow officers organized a fundraiser for the Fontes’ family to help pay for the funeral and traveling expenses. About 200 people, many who didn’t even know Fontes, attended the fundraiser at Chai’s Island Bistro in Honolulu.
Fontes, who was born and raised on Molokai, will be laid to rest Saturday morning, Oct. 8, at Kalaniana’ole Hall in Kalamaula. Viewing will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. with services at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow at (Ho’olehua) Kanakaloloa Cemetery. If you are planning to attend, dress is aloha attire.
Fontes leaves behind wife, Li Ann; daughter Corlie Li Stephens; son, Layne Hironaka; three grandchildren; mother, Lottie Haia Burrows; stepmother, Ann Fontes; step father, Leslie Burrows; sister, Leah Burrows-Nuuanu; and brothers Aaron Fontes, Leslie Burrows Jr., Leonard Burrows, Derek Fontes and Donald Rangasan.
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.