HPD officer succumbs to injuries from crash
Honolulu, HAWAII — A Honolulu Police Department motorcycle officer died Tuesday from injuries he suffered in a July 11 traffic accident in Kapolei, but not before he donated his organs to save lives.
Officer Bill Sapolu, a 21-year HPD veteran, was riding toward town east of Fort Barrette Road to assist another officer with a weapons call at about 9 p.m. July 11 when his motorcycle struck a concrete median on Farrington Highway in Kapolei.
Sapolu was thrown from his bike and suffered multiple injuries. He was transported to The Queen’s Medical Center, where he remained hospitalized until medical options were exhausted and Sapolu’s family followed his wishes and donated his organs.
Sapolu, an Army National Guard veteran, spent 22 years in the military and completed four overseas deployments, including a posting in Afghanistan.
At 2 p.m. Monday, officers performed a walk of honor in The Queen’s Medical Center’s intensive care unit to honor Sapolu before his “last selfless act of love.”
“Consistent with a life committed to the service of others, we know that this is something he absolutely would have wanted,” wrote HPD Lt. Kevin Napoleon in a note circulated through the ranks notifying officers about the walk of honor.
Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi said he was saddened by the tragic loss of Sapolu.
Sapolu is survived by his wife, Chrissy, and their children. Memorial services are pending.