Oakland's fallen heroes prove that in valor there is hope
By Susan Manheimer
"In Valor There is Hope." This quote by Roman historian Publius Tacitus adorns the marble walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C., which commemorates the more than 18,000 peace officers killed in the line of duty (dating back to 1792).
Over the last 10 years, an average of 164 names is added annually during a somber May ceremony marking Law Enforcement Memorial Week. Sadly, the names of four of our fellow officers from the Oakland Police Department, Sgt. Mark Dunakin, Sgt. Ervin Romans, Sgt. Daniel Sakai, and Officer John Hege, brazenly gunned down in the line of duty on March 21, will be etched into those marble walls.
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