Hundreds bid aloha to fallen officer Tiffany Enriquez

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Tiffany Enriquez's funeral service was filled with aloha from family, friends, colleagues and both state and city leaders. (Photo courtesy of Dawn Moore)

By KITV Web Staff / ABC News

Honolulu Police officer Tiffany Enriquez was honored and remembered by many at Diamond Head Mortuary Thursday morning in Hawaii. Her funeral service was filled with aloha from family, friends, colleagues and both state and city leaders.

“We grieve together. It is one big family. It’s a sad day hearing from the daughters of Tiffany, hearing from her husband. We just realize how dangerous the job is being a police officer and putting on that uniform and we’re all so grateful,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said.

Caldwell, Governor David Ige and emergency responders from across the state said their goodbyes. One by one, family and friends spoke about the extraordinary person Enriquez was. Even people who didn’t know her felt a connection.

“We’re all in this job for the same common goal. It’s nice to see other people and talk to em and we’re all cut from the same mold,” Sgt. Scott Tulleners, Idaho State Police, said. “When bad things happen, we’re the ones running into the situation while everyone is running out so the least we can do is show our support for the ultimate sacrifice that her and the other officer made for this community.”

Attendees described the feeling inside as somber.

(Video courtesy of Dawn Moore)

“There’s a very soft spot in my heart for police officers. Just felt like you lose somebody, it’s like yesterday,” David Benson, retired from HPD, said.

After 31 years of service, Benson retired from HPD in 1993 but he still sees police as part of his family.

“It’s like a big family. When somebody gets hurt or dies, whether is on duty, off duty or in the line of duty, you feel it,” Benson said. “These two officers got up in the morning, like they’ve always done. Said goodbye to their families, not knowing what was lying ahead of them, paid the price. It’s sad but that’s what police do.”

(Video courtesy of Dawn Moore)

After the memorial, a seven-car motorcade made its way from the memorial park to HPD headquarters on South Beretania Street for a final salute.

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