The Kauaʿi Police Department is mourning following the death of one of its own who had COVID-19.
At about 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, Sgt. David Banquel was found unresponsive at his residence while off duty. He was 47 years old. The cause of death for the 17-year KPD veteran was determined to be acute respiratory failure caused by a COVID respiratory infection.
“I am deeply saddened to report the unexpected loss of one of our very best, Sgt. David Banquel,” said KPD Chief Todd G. Raybuck. “His sudden passing has left us all with a sense of deep loss and grief. My words can never truly express the depth of Dave’s kindness, compassion and love that he had had for his family, friends and this community. He was the very embodiment of the definition of a loving husband, caring father, loyal brother, thoughtful friend and humble public servant. Dave always placed others before himself and he will forever be remembered for the laughter, love and aloha he shared with friends and strangers alike.”
Raybuck said the department appreciates the support it’s received from the community during this difficult time as it grieves the loss of “a member of our KPD ʿohana.
“No further statements will be provided at this time, and I humbly request that Dave’s family be given the space and privacy they deserve as they mourn their loss,” he added.