Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Harry Joseph Coelho

Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii

End of Watch Sunday, May 20, 2007

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Reflections for Officer Harry Joseph Coelho

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 20, 2015

I found an old bible you had given to Kenneth when we were your neighbors. You are so loved and missed and we think of you often :)


May 4, 2015

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 27, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Coelho. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 7, 2012

I was just sharing with Glenn Gaspar's wife about how a big-hearted brother you are, how a model of Christ you are for me. It was a blessing and honor to help scatter your ashes out at Ala Moana. Solo bike squad lined up along the channel and saluted as their sirens played and the bagpipes played amazing grace, I was all choked up. We took out your ohana in the waa, there were numerous other boats and the police helicopter came out dropped flowers. The ocean was covered with flowers after your wife dropped your ashes, we said pule and sang Ho'onani in tribute to you. I was sad to lose you here but was filled with joy because you were going to be with Jesus. Pave the way for us bruddah, I see you when I get there.
Love and aloha,

Vernon Viernes
Brother in Christ

July 15, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today as we approach the second anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

May 20, 2009

Harry -
I just wanted to let you know that you remain in our thoughts and prayers. You were the firs to befriend us when we moved to Whitmore with that big smile of yours.
We will never forget you.
Terri Conner

terri conner

May 20, 2009

To Officer Harry Joseph Coelho, his family and his fellow officers with the Honolulu Police Department:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Officer Coelho’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Officer Caelho and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc.
Members and Staff

May 20, 2009


I will miss you bruddah. You were always an inspiration to others like myself. After all who but me, would have started a law enforcement career as their fourth and hopefully final one, because of guys with heart like you. I love this job, although it is not in Hawaii nei. I will always remember your smile and war stories.

I am deeply sorryful of your family's loss and extremely shocked by your passing.

God bless your family, friends and especially brothers in blue at HPD,

Bell Hee

Trooper Bellamann Hee, Jr.
Colorado State Patrol

February 15, 2009

May God's grace sustain you, May His arms hold you during this very sad time. My deepest sympathy to each of you who knew, loved and worked with Officer Coelho. My prayers are with you.
Officer Coelho, Thank you for your service to your country, you will be missed but never forgotten, as our Hero's live forever in our hearts.

summit co


October 28, 2008

This weekend while going through some old things I came across the bible that you had given Ken when he first started going to church with you. It put a smile on my face because I thought of you. I hope you know what an impact you had on us. We really do miss you and we think of you so very often.

Terri Conner

July 8, 2008

I am the officer that rode in the Police Unity Tour Bicycle ride from Portsmouth Virginia to Washington D.C. in honor of Officer Coelho. Once there I had the honor of meeting his family who had come to the memorial.

I just wanted to tell them thank you for the oppurtunity to ride in Ofc. Coelho's honor. It was a truly a pleasure to meet the family and would like to ask if I can ride for him again next year?

Officer Dave Northway
Tallahassee Police Department
Tallahassee, FL

Officer Dave Northway
Tallahassee Police Department

May 23, 2008

Harry, I will always remember growing up with you and your family in Honolulu, Hawaii. I have so many memories about you: Kaahumanu Elementary ,Mckinley High School, pop warner football, PAL basketball, high school football, and as a personal friend. I attended your funeral with my family. It was beautiful filled with a lot of ALOHA. As I sat with my family and heard everything your friends and family was saying about you, I said to my family that everything about you was true...You was a man of integrity and pride. You will be truly missed. God Bless you and your OHANA. ALOHA HARRY AND MAHALO FOR YOUR SERVICE.

Officer Mark Chinen
Oakland Police Dept

May 9, 2008

I was shocked when I saw your picture here. I remember our D.A.R.E. training together on Oahu. Your were always so happy! God Bless your family, and rest in peace.

Sgt. Jefferson Grantz
Hawaii County Police

March 26, 2008

Losing one of our finest in Hawaii is a great loss. Harry, you left a hole in your department, which will be filled in name only. Your are not replacable. My empathy and love for your family and children, they are missing you terribly. I have never met them, but I know. My son, Deputy Sherriff Browne-Sanchez was also killed performing his duty while off duty. (EOW 2/10/07) For Law Enforcement Officers their work is 24/7 - they see a need and respond as they are trained to do.
Bless you Officer Coelho, and I am sure the department is taking care of your family.
Mother of fallen officer

Robina Browne-Sanchez

February 3, 2008

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Everytime I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the man they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Officer Coelho, especially to his wife. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Harry, he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Harry's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Harry's life was about so much more than the way he died. Harry will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Officer Coelho, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been almost five years but we still miss him terribly.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Surviving Fiancee of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

December 24, 2007

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 12, 2007

I did not know you Harry but looking at other reviews I know we would have been good buddies. I am a new applicant for HPD and would have probably worked with you which sadly that cannot be now. My heart goes out to your family and I thank you also for serving to protect the community and country you were obviously so proud to do. Rest in peace Harry.

Retired Yorkshire Police Officer (UK)
HPD applicant 2007

October 28, 2007

We were neighbors of Harry's for 5 years when we were stationed in Hawaii. We found our way back to the lord because of Harry. Harry was a wonderful person and great neighbor and I am honored to have been able to call him a friend during our time in Hawaii. Although, we lost touch once we left there - we think of them often. Harry we will never forget you.

The Conner's (Terri,Ken,Matt, Hannah

October 16, 2007

Aloha Harry, and God bless you. We miss you. Thank you for your courage and friendship.

Honolulu Police Dept.

September 15, 2007

"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded." -- Maya Angelou

Aloha Officer Harry Joseph Coelho,
Thank you for your service and dedication to your community and your country. You and all officers that continue to lay your lives on the line and pay the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities and country safe, will NEVER be forgotten.

I personally pledge to become a continuum of the "ODMP Light". That light is in the form of an ODMP tribute. People from all walks of life, regardless of age, race, religion, profession, education, and geographical location can share here a word or two on behalf of each and every fallen officer.

Every fallen officer is an hero. The ODMP serves as a place where that continuum of "LIGHT" can be seen through and within, the heart and soul of each and every person who honors our fallen heroes with a reflection and/or tribute. As we say in Hawaii, we are `Ohana. We are family.

May God comfort the family and loved ones who have lost their beloved Harry. May God also comfort those who have lost a fellow officer and friend that can never be replaced in this lifetime.

I wish you peace and love beyond all understanding.
May you rest in peace Officer Harry Joseph Coelho. You are embraced as one of Hawaii's own with integrity, respect, and fairness as you are a fallen hero.
Me Ke Aloha Pumehana. Amen.
**I pray all find comfort in this Hawaiian prayer I leave you.**


Peace be with you, All My Peace,
O ka Maluhia no me oe, Ku'u Maluhia a pau loa,

The Peace that is " I ", the Peace that is "I am".
Ka Maluhia o ka "I", owau no ka Maluhia,

The Peace for always, now and forever and evermore.
Ka Maluhia no na wa a pau, no ke'ia wa a mau a mau loa aku.

My Peace " I " give to you, My Peace " I " leave with you,
Ha'awi aku wau I ku'u Maluhia ia oe, waiho aku wau I ku'u Maluhia me oe,

Not the world's Peace, but, only My Peace,
The Peace of " I ".

A'ole ka Maluhia o ke ao aka, ka'u Maluhia wale no,
Ka Maluhia o ka "I".

Moana V.C. Molale (Private Citizen)
Hilo, Hawaii

Moana Molale
Kahu Laa Kea (Keeper of the Sacred Light)

September 10, 2007

To a beat partner that always spread aloha and never said anything bad about other people. You'll be missed.
May God be there for you and your family.

Another brother officer

Brother officer

August 13, 2007

Our prayers are sent out to the family and friends of Officer Coelho. We are saddened to hear of his passing and he will be in our thoughts.

Thank you for your decades of service to us all.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of my department,

Officer Matthew Lewek
Menomonee Falls (WI) Police Department

July 19, 2007

My prayers go out to your wife, 2 children, family and friends. Also to your fellow brother and sister officers, and entire department, along with the citizens that you gave the ultimate sacrifice for in serving and protecting them.An officer is an officer 24/7, and you showed your true colors,and character that day, even while "off" duty, as an officer is never "off" duty."A Hero does not become a Hero by their death, but by how they lived their life."I know that the angels took you far up into the heavens above, where as God has you safely in his care, 10-4 forever more!God Bless!

Police Dispatcher Sara Singleton
Howard County Maryland Police Communications 911 Center

July 8, 2007

Sergeant Coelho always had a kind word for everyone he came across. I am glad for the short time I got to work with you. Rest in Peace.


July 8, 2007

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