Daughter honors father killed in the line of duty as a volunteer officer

Published On: May 15 2011 11:09:00 AM HST

Forty-five police officers have been killed in the line of duty in the history of the Honolulu Police Department.

Monday night was a night to honor them all, including the only reserve officer who sacrificed his life doing a job he didn't even need to do.

He was a volunteer and his daughter has missed him for the last 43 years.

Every year during Police Week, 66-year-old Kay Lindemann Allen comes to remember her father, Ernest G. Lindemann.

As a volunteer officer, he hardly got paid.

"He got 10 gallons of gas and one quart of oil.  That was it," said Allen.

On October 30, 1969, her father responded to a domestic violence disturbance, but never came home.

"My dad was standing in the doorway of the apartment," said Allen.  "He came behind and beat my dad severely then shot my dad five times in the face."

Kay Allen was just 24 years old and recently married when she got the call she will never forget.

"I was devastated.  Basket case.  Couldn't talk about it for a long time," said Allen.

She remembers her father as rose petals are dropped each year and tries to keep her father close to her heart.  It's a salute to her father and all police officers killed in the line of duty.

"To me this is a very beautiful place to remember my dad, and remember everything that happened to him and everybody else," said Allen.

Lindemann is the only volunteer police officer to be killed in the line of duty in HPD history.

National Police Week began in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation to remember police officers killed in the line of duty.


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