Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Dannygriggs M. Padayao

Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii

End of Watch Monday, April 30, 2001

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Reflections for Officer Dannygriggs M. Padayao

Aloha Danny,
I had the privilage of meeting your parents this fall in Little Rock. They were so wonderful and supportive and talked story about you. My son is a Daniel - I hope your spirits have met - you have much in common - both local boys and gave your lives for the community. R.I.P

Robina Browne
Mother of a fallen son 2/10/07, Hawaii

December 31, 2008



April 30, 2008

My thoughts are with all of your loved ones today. Keep all of them safe and protect them from harm. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

April 30, 2008

You always made sure we celebrated birthdays. So, happy belated birthday, miss the steak and crab!


March 11, 2008

"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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

December 29, 2007


I still remember how funny you were,I wish you were still with us today I miss you



September 9, 2007

It seemed like only yesterday, you announced it was going to be the "Year of the Danny". We all laughed and realized you were watching too much Seinfeld. But, today it seems like forever. You'll be watching over Lacy, as she heads for Maryland; Nikki, as she walks down the aisle; we know you're there, but I still wish you were here.

Just me

April 30, 2007

I cannot imagine how difficult this day is for the family, friends and fellow officers who knew Officer Padayao. Our department had a tragic loss this week and there are no words to describe the hole that was left in our hearts. The sorrow is almost unbearable.

I just wanted you to know that today, 6 years after his death, Officer Padayao has not been forgotten. My prayers are with everyone who is mourning their loss today.

Wife of an officer
Montgomery County, Maryland

April 30, 2007

Sweet sleep be yours and may He bless your loved ones.

April 30, 2007

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

Aloha Patrol Officer Dannygriggs M. Padayao,
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, (after one of Hawaii's own, Honolulu Police Officer Steve Favela, lost his life in the line of duty protecting our Commander in Chief, President George W. Bush), 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. That "LIGHT" comes from within the heart and soul of every person who cares to share a word or two on behalf of each and every fallen officer. Every fallen officer is an hero.

The ODMP; Officer Down Memorial Page gives us a place to come together and share our feelings as one family. May we find comfort as we give comfort to the families who have lost a loved one.

You are `Ohana. You are with Steve now and you deserve to be honored through the ODMP. May God Bless you, a fallen hero. Dannygriggs, we embrace you as our own and mourn your passing as if it was today.

May all who read this tribute take comfort in this Hawaiian prayer. I wish you and your `ohana, peace and love beyond all understanding.

Me Ke Aloha Pumehana.


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)
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island

January 5, 2007

Rest in Peace Brother DANNY. You will always be remembered. Thanks for being there for me in my tribulations. See ya brother.

Honolulu Police

November 26, 2006


You know what is in my heart and how I was affected when I heard the news. You were my friend, My mentor, my back up and I will miss you. The world has a whole in it but heaven is a safer place.

Officer John Haraway
Beat Partner

November 19, 2006

After all this time, I still expect to hear your keys jingling in the still of the night. Your funny jokes and deep reflections still sound out loud through the voices and laughter of your daughters and grandchildren. We know you are with us.

just me

November 3, 2006

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. You will always be remembered. Rest in peace.

July 26, 2006


You are missed so very much. Your niece & nephews ask about you frequently. You would be so proud of them as well as your little brother. I see the pain in Todd daily from losing his older brother that meant so much to him. I am so proud to say that Dannygriggs Padayao is my brother in law.


June 24, 2006

On this 5th anniversary of your passing, I pause to thank you for your dedicated service and to pray for the loved ones you left behind. You gave the ultimate sacrifice and you are not forgotten. Rest in Peace Officer Padayao and God Bless.

Officer Madore

April 30, 2006

As we approach the 5th anniversary of the tragic event that took you away from all of us. It pains me to contemplate what life would be like if you were still with us. I think of your optimistic and loving demeanor. I think of your warm smile and sophisticated humor. I think about you every morning when I wake up and every evening before I go to sleep.

Even though you are gone I see your spirit and humor in my children.

I miss you bro. I wish you were still here. Our lives are much less meaningful without you with us.

Your little brother


April 29, 2006

To Patrol Officer Dannygriggs M. Padayo, his loved ones and his fellow officers:

On this the fifth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is revered and honored today.

May your family continue be to comforted by the warm embrace of their law enforcement family, and other police survivors who share this painful journey with them. My heart is with your family.

Reading all the loving reflections left by those who cared for you gives us an understanding of what a good and honorable man you were and of the high esteem with which you are held.

Danny, as a peace officer you rescued us, saved our possessions, our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise. Mahala.

Rest in Peace, Patrol Officer Padayao. I am so humbled by your valor and courage.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Danny gave to his community and the citizens of Hawaii, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on April 30, 2001.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 29, 2006

Thank you daddy for all that you've done and continue to do. This is the first time I have had the courage to visit this page since you went home to God. It amazes me that you still continue to touch others in death as you did in life. We miss you sooo much and I cannot tell you how proud we are of you. We know you keep watch over us and are still watching all of us grow, including your grandchildren. We love you so much and we are so glad that your kindness will continue to pass down through those you called family. We still miss the smell of your cooking down the hall and your laughter that filled our home.
To the officers that grace your page with thier thoughts, we give thanks. For everyday we are blessed with their hard work and selfless acts of courage to protect us all. May God's presence grace your daily duties and may He give you rest when you are weary. Keep faith for your brave actions will not go unrewarded. Thank you and God bless you all.

Alyson Thulin
Your Middle Daughter

August 12, 2005

As I read through the reflections, I was especially taken by first, the messeges from Officer Padayao's mother and even more so by his daughter Nikki Anne.

Nikki Anne, you caused me to get a bit choked up and look over at my own daughter's room. Your loss and that of your sisters is horrid. Though I never met your Dad, I can bet he loved you and I could tell by your reflection that you loved him as well. He's physically gone, but it's a safe bet he's NEVER left you and is keeping an eye on you.

May Dannygriggs M. Padayoa rest in Peace and may his family always feel his protecting presence.

Ptl. Jim Leahy Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

July 20, 2005

I miss my brother alot, he was a well respected police officer and was there for anybody. I know you set an example for others officers out there who will follow you in your footsteps. Rest in peace my brother.

Blake M. Tokushige

July 19, 2005

I want to thank each one of you personally for the wonderful things you have said about my son. Danny was a beautiful person and I miss him terribly. There is not a day that goes by he is not on my mind. Aftewr this length of time it makes me haapy to see he is so well loved.

cecilia plekavic
dannys mother

June 23, 2005

Although it has been four years since you made the ultimate sacrifice, you are not forgotten. Tonight, I will tell your story in roll call, and the shift will be dedicated to your memory. Rest in peace, Brother.

Sergeant Randy O. Lamb
Wilkins Twp, PA Police Dept

April 30, 2005

Danny, you brought joy to all those who knew you. I am honored to have been able to meet and work with you. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace my brother.

Honolulu Police Department

December 9, 2004

No Matter Where You Go... There You Are

I remember you saying that, and I remember you ever time I say it. I use it alot to help people get past things and look forward.

God Bless You where ever you go


Officer Harold Quinata
Honolulu Police Department

October 12, 2004

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