Monday, March 23, 2009

THE WORLD WE LIVE IN: oakland police department

My husband is a Police Officer. It is a dangerous career that officers enter because they want to give back to their communities and help protect people like you and me. Being a police family means dealing with unpredictable and long work hours and celebrating holidays on days when your officer isn't at work. And, of course, it also means living with the terrible understanding that when your officer leaves for work, it is possible that he may not come back home.

Over the weekend, a 26 year old parolee shot five Oakland, California Police Officers. Three of the officers died. A fourth remains on life support while his family makes a decision regarding donating his organs. These officers were fathers, husbands and sons. The entire Law Enforcement Community is grieving for their families and for the department. Please keep the families and the Oakland Police Department in your prayers right now.

Rest in Peace Sgt. Mark Dunakin, Sgt. Ervin Romans, Sgt. Daniel Sakai and Officer John Hege.

6 comments:

momsuec said...

I read today that an officer is lost every 57 hours in this country. My heart breaks for all the families involved. I pray that we never know such pain.

MJ said...

This is very sad. My heart aches to reach out to them. I wish we could understand why people do such horrible things.

Erin @ Bride Design said...

Thanks for bringing to mind the realities officers and their lilies face daily. I regularly pray that I will not take those who protect and defend for granted. Their often quiet service is a gift to us all!

JaeMae said...

I completely agree....it's always hard to lose an officer because we know that it could have been us in those wives positions....this situation has been particularly hard for me for some reason, affecting me more than most have...my heart is truly broken for these officers, their families, and their departments

Hannah said...

Hello! My husband is a police officer in the Oakland area and attended the funeral for the four officers (the funerals were held together). Over 20,000 officers attended to show their support and to honor the heroes. Some came from as far away as Georgia and Canada. As sad as I have been over the past two weeks thinking about these men and their families, no one can deny we all need to stick together. My heart goes out to their families.

Tulaloo said...

My condolences Hannah. I, among many others, have been thinking about the entire Oakland PD alot lately.