Fundraiser held for slain Oakland cops

May 9, 2009 6:36:49 PM PDT
The tributes keep coming for four fallen Oakland police officers who were gunned down earlier this year by a wanted parolee.

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On Saturday those officers, John Hege, Mark Dunakin, Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai were remembered with two fundraisers in their honor.

For the first time in a long time Oakland is celebrating. Residents are remembering the lives of the four fallen Oakland police officers not through tears, but with laughter and fond memories.

"We had the memorial just last week. That was very emotional. It's helping as far as closure. Everybody seems to be? this is like a big event that means a lot to everyone," said Officer Gregg Williams.

It means a lot especially to the officers' families. Sgt. Mark Dunakin's parents made a special trip north from Orange County.

"It is huge. I'm surprised. The generosity of the people makes a big difference," said Dave Dunakin.

Organizers of the OPD Fallen Heroes Fundraiser are hoping to make a huge financial difference for the families of Sgts. Dunakin, Sakai, Romans, and Officer Hege. Their goal is to raise a quarter of a million dollars through donations, raffles and auctions.

"It shows the dedication," said Dave Dunakin.

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