Oakland A's to honor fallen police officers

April 7, 2009 12:15:23 PM PDT
The Oakland Athletics said today that before their opening home game Friday night they will have a special tribute for the four Oakland police officers who were killed by a wanted parolee on March 21.

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The A's will play their home opener against the Seattle Mariners at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum at 7:05 p.m. Friday. At 6:30 p.m., Sgts. Mark Dunakin, Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai and Officer John Hege will be honored in a ceremony that will include more than 50 Oakland police officers.

The baseball team said local officers will have a color guard, unfurl a large American flag and perform the national anthem and there also will be a flyover featuring two fighter jets from Naval Air Station Lemoore in Kings County.

In addition, A's players will present a plaque to Oakland Acting Police Chief Howard Jordan.

The A's also said their players' white home uniforms will feature an Oakland Police Department patch on their sleeves for the entire 2009 season.

Police Department members will be at designated locations throughout the Coliseum during the game to collect monetary donations from fans for the officers' family trust funds.

Funds will also be raised through player donations, a silent auction behind section 120 and a special law enforcement ticket offer for the three-game Seattle series.

A's Owner Lew Wolff and principal partner John Fisher will match the funds raised during the A's home opener and an equal donation will be made to the charities of choice of the officers' families.

Wolff said in a prepared statement, "On behalf of the entire Oakland A's organization, our deepest condolences go out to the members of the Oakland Police Department and the family members of the officers involved in this terrible tragedy."

He said, "These officers served as security during many of our games throughout the years. Our hearts and prayers go out to all law enforcement officials who dedicate their lives to the public safety of our neighborhoods and citizens. We appreciate the job they do every day protecting our community."

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