HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Honolulu Police Department held a ceremony to recognize some outstanding officers and employees for Fall of 2019.
The ceremony, which was originally postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was held outdoors at HPD’s Alapai headquarters. An Officer of the Quarter, Unit of the Quarter and Civilian Employee of the Quarter were announced and a Silver Medal of Valor and Bronze Medal of Valor were presented.
HPD also honored two canines for their service.
Among them, Corporal Pete Jones and his K-9 “Hunter.”
Hunter earned the silver medal of honor for his actions during a barricade situation in Nanakuli three years ago. Corporal Jones was shot during the incident, and hunter held his ground.
“His bravery was him being able to stand there, with me, during the shooting and not run away like any other animal would,” said Jones. “So to be able to do that, you know, it makes me, big chicken skin, makes me feel like ‘wow, this is why I did my job, man, this is why I love the department.'”
Corporal Jones says he just might get Hunter a nice steak dinner to celebrate. Other honors were also given to an officer involved in a police shooting in 2019 and to a K-9 officer stabbed during a 2018 barricade situation on Oahu’s North Shore.