Officer Troy Louis Barboza #2814
October 12, 1963 – October 22, 1987
Troy Barboza was originally from Clayton, California, and growing up he excelled in sports and athletic competition. Troy graduated from Clayton Valley High School in 1981 and went on to play football at Grinnell College in Iowa. After two years Troy transferred to the University of Hawaii and graduated in 1985.
In January of 1986, Troy was appointed to the Honolulu Police Department and was a member of the 92nd Recruit Class. It was during the police academy that Troy was introduced to Special Olympics when his Recruit Class ran in the last leg of the very first Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics in Hawaii. Upon graduation from the police academy Troy was recognized for his leadership and athletic skills and was named the Most Outstanding Recruit for the class.
Troy quickly gained the reputation of being an outstanding officer in the department. Just two months into his career, he was recognized for his ability to establish a rapport with young gang members and became a vital part of many criminal investigations. Troy’s superiors noticed his natural abilities and assigned him to the “Alpha Detail” an elite unit that specialized in the enforcement of street crimes in the Waikiki area.
Under the guidance of Sergeant Paul Epstein (now Captain) Troy became a volunteer with Special Olympics Hawaii. On his off-duty time, Troy became an assistant coach in Soccer and Basketball. Troy loved the time that he spent with the athletes, as it was his way of giving and sharing his talents with Special Olympic athletes.
Tragically, Troy was killed in October of 1987 in retaliation for a drug arrest that he made during the previous summer. Troy’s parents and sister, with the help of Special Olympics Hawaii obtained permission from Special Olympics International and the International Association of Chief’s of Police to name Hawaii’s Law Enforcement Torch Run after Troy. Today it is known as the First Hawaiian Bank Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Hawaii. It is the only Torch Run program in the world to be named after a fallen officer.
Come out and be a part of Hawaii’s Torch Run team that perpetuates the name of a fallen officer, who was a son, a brother, a friend and Special Olympics Coach. At the same time you can help raise funds and community awareness about Special Olympic programs in Hawaii! Be a part of the Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Hawaii!