One year ago today, Sgt. Dunakin, Sgt. Romans, Sgt. Sakai, and Ofr. Hege of the Oakland Police department gave their lives. Two of them died doing what I do every day. They were making what started out as a simple traffic stop. The other two died trying to catch the man that killed their brothers-in-arms.
This is a tough day for those of us that live and work close to Oakland and closely with OPD. We can’t imagine the grief and the struggle the families have gone through, but we continue to pledge our love and support to them.
Last year, I wrote a post to my kids after learning of the tragedy. It was more a stream of emotion than something I sat down to outline and format. The words you read then (and are welcome to read again or for the first time now) were my reaction to everything welling up inside. You can click here to read it.
Please continue to support your local law enforcement. Unless you’re one of us, you can never truly know how far a simple kind word or gesture can go to reinvigorate us and remind us of why we’re out here.
God bless OPD.