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Sergeant Mark Thomas Dunakin

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, March 21, 2009

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Reflections for Sergeant Mark Thomas Dunakin

Rest in Peace Sgt. Dunakin. Your wife and children shall always be in my prayers.
"The wicked flee when no man pursueth but the righteous are bold as a lion...." Proverbs 28:1

Detective #20637
Chicago Police Department

March 26, 2009



March 26, 2009

Sgt. Dunakin,
God Bless You and Thank you for your service and just know that you are a hero in so many people's eyes.

To the family and friends of Sgt. Dunakin,
I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my brother 5 years ago and it hurts so much. Please know that so many members of your police family are thinking of you and praying for you. Just take one day at a time and it will get a little bit easier.

Kelly Sloan-Brown
Officer Nicholas Sloan's sister EOW 1/30/04

March 26, 2009

Although we did not know each other, I feel as though I have lost a member of my family. There are no words to describe the sadness that accompanies such tragedy, and my deepest condolences go out to the Dunakin family. Although your watch is over Sergeant, myself and your fellow brothers and sisters will carry on for you, and in your memory. As the sun rises tomorrow, I will be heading out to my police car for the start of my day. But tomorrow will be different. Tomorrow I dedicate my shift to you and your fellow fallen comrades, and I will do my best to make you proud. Rest peacefully my brother and thank you for serving others so selflessly.

Calgary Police Service, Alberta Canada

March 26, 2009

Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for your family at this time. I know you are safe in God's hands and watching over us all. Thank you for the ultimate sacrafice.

Wife of an officer

March 26, 2009

true heroism- thank you for your service

S/A 749

March 26, 2009

My son rode with Sgt. Dunakin and my heart stopped when I first heard of the incident. How easy it is to forget that our sons,daughters, parents, and siblings go off to work and may never return home. My brother made retirement and my son still serves. I can only say thank you to all who have had the courage and conviction to become law enforcement officers and offer my prayers and condolences to each family affected by the loss of these four men whose courage and dedication will not be forgotten.

Joan Collin
mother of an Alameda Co. Motorcycle Sgt.

March 26, 2009

You probably never knew the history behind the thug that you had stopped that awful day! You were patrolling the streets of Oakland...just doing your job. My heart breaks for your family (especially your wife & children) and I pray the Lord will wrap his loving arms around them and carry them through the difficult days ahead. God Bless You Sgt. Dunakin!

Survivor of Trooper Calvin Taylor

March 26, 2009

God bless all of you.

Matthew 5:9

An Ohio brother
Montgomery Co. Ohio

March 26, 2009


Ernie Cruz
father in law, Hank Nave EOW 12/01/05

March 26, 2009

My prayers are with your families. friends, and brethren officers. God Speed and God Bless.

Deputy M Talmon
DCSO, Castle Rock, Co.

"We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." - Winston Churchill

Deputy M Talmon
DCSO, Castle Rock, Co.

March 26, 2009

Sergeant Dunakin,

What a tragedy. My deepest sympathies to you, your family, and all your colleagues.

I hope that perhaps this terrible tragedy may eventually lead to better communication and understanding between the police and citizens.

Concerned Citizen, Santa Clara Co.

March 26, 2009

"No greater love has a man than to lay down his life for his friends." Saturday Sgt. Dunakin and these other fine officers laid down their lives for their friends... The City of Oakland California. My prayer is for the families that someday God will give them peace and understanding for the sacrifice made by you and your loved one as he made the ultimate sacrifice.
Rest in Peace my Brother.

Rev. Bill Pursley, Pastor/WFPD Retired
Emmanuel Baptist Church
Wichita Falls, TX

Police Offier Retired, Bill Pursley
Wichita Falls Tx Police Dept.

March 26, 2009

This was a great loss for their fellow police officers, the people they were charged to protect, and this nation. In God’s providence they sought and were selected to be police officers, and thus they were rulers ordained by God spoken of in the Book of Romans, chapter thirteen, verses one through seven.

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.”

Even so, some men and woman ordained of God to carry the power of life and death must become victims of the evil doers, just like soldiers on a battle field; but the righteousness of God shall prevail, either in this life or the next. Thus it was that the power residing in other officers put an end to the rebellious, unfruitful, unloving, evil existence of the miscreant and minion of Satan who took their lives. Contrary to those he slew in the performance of their duty to God, the People, and the Country, he was out of the body and standing in judgment before God Almighty, without a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Consequently, he will suffer forever in a Godless, Hell; full of darkness and a fire that gives no light. He shall never see light again. Neither shall he meet another lost soul in that place. He is now alone and will be alone for eternity. For the Scriptures condemn his soul by saying this: “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. (1 John 3:15) Praise God though, these men who I hope and pray were indeed children of God, are, therefore, “out of the body and present with the Lord,” (II Corinthians 5:8) in whom there is Life, Love, and Pleasures Forever. But, for he that slew them though, just like the minion of Satan that betrayed our Lord, it would have been better for him, “...if he had never been born.” (Mark 14:21 & Matthew 26:24)

Sergeant Harold F. Titus (Retired)
Metropolitan Police Department , Wash., D.C.

March 26, 2009

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for your bravery, courage and commitment to the badge – your hard work and valiant efforts will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace…

A Relative of Officer Robert Stanze
EOW August 8, 2000

March 26, 2009

We are so sorry for your loss. God bless your family. Thank you for your service.

Ramos Family

March 26, 2009

To the Family and Friends of Sgt. Dunakin Im so sorry for your lost. My prayers are with you at this time.

CPO Carrillo, Angela
Kenner Police Dept

March 26, 2009

For your service and ultimate sacrifice, thank you sweet hero. May God hold you tenderly in His loving arms, and bring comfort and healing to your precious family.

Valari Lagrone Radford
Daughter of Retired FBI Agent, Sister of Police Officer, Montgomery AL

March 26, 2009

Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. Our hearts are heavy for your family, friends and co-workers.

Corona PD Honor Guard
Corona, CA

March 26, 2009

My Deepest Concolances and Prayers to the family and friends of Sgt. Dunakin. To the Brothers and Sisters of the Oakland Police Department sorry for heartbreaking loss. Thank you all and remember Mark has now been promoted to the ulimate watch with GOD to look after us all. Mark Rest in Peace my Brother

Sgt. Mac
Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office

March 26, 2009

Peace to you. my heavenly brother. For yoour ultimate sacricie in the name of Peace; Thank you.

Det II Stan Nelson, ret'd
LAPD 1962-1993

March 26, 2009

On behalf of the 5,289 members of the American Association of State Troopers (AAST), we extend our sincere condolences to Sergeant Dunakin’s family as well as the members of the Oakland Police Department. AAST members throughout the United States know first hand what all of you are going through right now. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Ken Howes, Executive Director
American Association of State Troopers

March 26, 2009

To the Dunakin family,
You do not know me, but I work at ADP. I am so sorry for your loss. As the proud aunt of a police officer and the friend of a woman who lost her husband in the line of duty, it breaks my heart when any officer makes the ultimate sacrifice by 'just doing their job'. I know that words may do little to bring you comfort right now, but you are being held in the hearts of so many people, and I pray that God can bring you some peace and comfort. I also pray for the families of the other officers killed, and for the community of Oakland.

Kristin Parks
I work at the same co. as Sg. Dunakin's sister in law Shannon

March 26, 2009

God bless you guys!

Sgt. Brian Janucik
Omaha Police Dept. Retired

March 26, 2009

God Bless. It's a sad day for Law Enforcement. Your brothers and sisters in Illinois will never forget.

Sgt. Jeff Gale
Forest View Illinois

March 26, 2009

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