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Oakland Police Memorial Service Draws Thousands of Police From Around the United States

On Saturday, March 21st, 2009, four Oakland Police Officers were killed in the line of duty. A Memorial Service was held in Oakland at the Oracle Arena on Friday March 27th, 2009. Thousands of Police Officers attended the service from all over the United States. The Arena was filled to capacity and overflow attendees watched the service from closed circuit televisions at the Oakland Coliseum next door. The service was broadcast on major Bay Area television stations live. The text below is taken from the Memorial Service program:


"The men and women of the Oakland Police Department would like to thank everyone who has reached out to us during this sorrowful time. The loss of a single officer is tragic; losing four officers is overwhelming. This devastating event will forever change the lives of the families, friends and colleagues of our four fallen comrades. It is in times such as these that we realize the importance of community, family and friends, and we are grateful for the incredible outpouring of support the people of Oakland, the state, the nation and the world have shown us. We appreciate the countless cards, emails, flowers, acts of service, well wishes and prayers that have been sent our way. Sergeant Mark Dunakin, Sergeant Ervin Romans, Sergeant Daniel Sakai and Officer John Hege will be forever missed and remembered."


Chief Howard Jordan


Trust Fund Information


Individual donations for the families can be mailed to c/o OPOA:

Attn: Renee Hassna

555 5th Street

Oakland, CA 94607


Checks should be made to the following:


"Dunakin Children's Family Trust"

"Romans Children's Family Trust"

"Sakai Family Trust"


Wire transfers can be made directly to Merril Lynch Accounts:


"Dunakin Children's Family Trust"

a/c #204-04065


"Romans Children's Family Trust"

a/c #204-04066


"Sakai Family Trust"

a/c #204-04064


You can view my photo set of images from today's Memorial Service here.

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Taken on March 27, 2009