Fallen Oakland officers to be honored at race

June 16, 2009 12:46:37 PM PDT
Infineon Raceway officials say they will honor four fallen officers from the Oakland Police Department at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Four motorcycle units from the Oakland Police Department will lead the 43-car field around the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course before the start of the race on Sunday.

In addition, Davina Kelly, who works in the department, will sing the national anthem on Sunday.

The department will also have a booth in the main paddock over the weekend, with all donations going to the families of the four fallen officers.

Steven Page, president and general manager of Infineon Raceway, said, "This tragedy touched all of us in Northern California. We are honored to offer this tribute to the four officers and I'm sure its meaning will be shared by everyone at the raceway on Sunday."

The four officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in a confrontation with wanted parolee Lovelle Mixon on March 21 were Sgts. Ervin Romans, Daniel Sakai and Mark Dunakin and Officer John Hege.

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