Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

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

May the peace of Christ be with your family and the Oakland Police Department. This is such an awful tragedy and so evil. May Sgt Dunakin's family find some consolation in the fact that he was a true hero. God Bless each officer in Blue.

Mom of Police Officer

March 22, 2009

Rest in peace Sergeant Dunakin.

Police Officer
Las Vegas Metro Police Dept.

March 22, 2009

May God bless and keep you.

Florida Highway Patrol

March 22, 2009

May God comfort your family at this time. Rest my Brother safely in God's bosom.


March 22, 2009

We got it from here brother. God bless you & your family.

Patrolman S. Romani
Warren Police Department

March 22, 2009

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thanks for your service.

Daughter of Fallen officer

March 22, 2009

Just read about this story online and it broke my heart. Though I do not know you personally, I wanted to send my condolences out the family of this officer as well as all the other officers and their families who gave their lives so bravely as a result of this tragic event. Our officers everywhere men and women work so hard to protect us all and keep us safe. You gave your lives just doing " your jobs". My God Bless you and be with you always. May God Be with the families and fellow Oakland officers during this tragic time of grief.

My prayers are with all of you. Rest in peace heroes.

lydia goodwin
everyday citizen -oklahoma usa

March 22, 2009

God bless you, your family and the OPD.

Virginia State Police

March 22, 2009

R.I.P. Sir !

Prayers to your families, your department and your community

A portion of something I wrote in 2003:

Some people wonder why so many Officers converge on towns across this nation, when an Officer is Killed In The Line Of Duty. I can simply say, that they come to pay respects to someone who did the job they do, in support of other Officers, as a show of respect to family, and to show Pride, Integrity and Honor for a fallen hero whose community has lost a friend. I have attended way to many of these but if you shed a tear for another, it will help cleanse your soul. It is the memories that will get you through the years.

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death and though I mark on duty, my calls unknown, I fear no evil, for the majority are with me, nor do I worry of my own safety, all of this I do for the citizens of my community. An Officer’s family can be filled with worry and though they are strong, they know that their loved one may be placed in harms way. Through this, they stand tall, with Pride, Integrity and Honor.

Though I have made mistakes, accept me, as I accept you and show me the way …..Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Boone County Sheriff Office (Indiana)

March 22, 2009

This is a grief that will not soon pass. It is simply not supposed to.

You must feel and experience every minute of it for it to ever feel normal.

It will come to you at times that are not expected.

When it comes, let it take you and allow yourself to own it.

It will be the memory of Mark and his crew, with you, there for you, to help you through it. That grief and those tears;
there forever.

Don't try to make it go away. It is supposed to stay. That 5 minutes of heaving tears, will remind you of the love you had for these important men.

This part of what these brave Officers agree to do when they swear into service for us all, is never expected.

We are not supposed to loose them.

For Mark's family, please know that the entire family of law enforcement is stricken by the loss and you are in all of our thoughts.

4th generation Oakland
Wife- retired OFD Cap.
Coral Boganes
Victim Services Unit
Placer County District Attorney

Coral Boganes VSU Placer Co. DA
Placer County DA. Crime Victim Services

March 22, 2009

Sgt Dunakin,The Dunakin Family, and OPD - No words can express the emotions and loss of this weekend. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.

Sgt Frank Lehr & Family
Newark CA

March 22, 2009

RIP brother Mark.

May God bless your family, co-workers and friends at this very difficult time.

Ptlm Bevenour
Gettysburg PD

March 22, 2009

God bless you for your service, may the lord be with your family. Rest in peace.

Officer S.F. Barsch
Montgomery County Police, Maryland

March 22, 2009

Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God. My heart hurts and my tears run; I am proud to be an officer and hold each and everyone of the fallen officers close in my heart and thoughts. May your family celebrate your time with them and may they not hold anger in their hearts. GOD SPEED and thank you for serving and protecting those who respect and believe in us.


March 22, 2009

Mark, I remember speaking to you at a party with Noel and Lynn in 1994 just before I entered the SFPD Academy. I wanted to be an Oakland cop but was eventually picked up by SF in 1995. Lynn was pregnant with Mason and he was born one month to the day prior to me starting the academy. He is now 14 and my buddy. Logan is my god son and Hunter is my sons friend. I knew you to be a stand up cop who was practical and fair. I don't know what happened as it all unfolded so quickly. I grieve for your family and am sorry you cannot be there to finish raising your kids as well as you were doing it to date. I am sorry for Angela and the hurt that savage brought to your family. What a coward. Well my friend and cop brother you are going up and he is going down. Your passing will forever leave an extra sense of caution to my daily shift. God Bless You!!!

Sergeant Ian Furminger
San Francisco Police Dept

March 22, 2009

It is with shock and profound sorrow I convey my deepest sympathies to the family,friends and colleagues of Sergeant Mark Dunakin. You will be in the thoughts and prayers of your brothers and sisters of the Toronto Police Service.

Staff Sergeant Brian Bowman
Toronto Police Service

March 22, 2009

Sergeant Mark Dunakin

Go rest in peace brother, for your job here is done.
May god rest your soul and bless all your loved ones.

Det Const Simon Moussa
Ontario Provincial Police

March 22, 2009

You officers without a doubt have the most thankless jobs on earth. What a lawless place it would be without you guys.I can only imagine what your daily routine in east Oakland is like. Please keep the faith, God Bless You Guys. Jerry E Ward Kansas City, MO.

Jerry E Ward

March 22, 2009



March 22, 2009

Your sacrifice will not be forgotten, "Una Stamus".

Sgt. E. Bruss, K-9/ Gang Intel
Santa Fe Police Department (TX)

March 22, 2009

Rest in peace brother. I can't believe the magnitude of these tragic events. God Bless your family and Oakland PD.

Future Richmond, CA PD

March 22, 2009

May God keep and watch over you, your family and your Law Enforcement family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones. Rest easy my brother; we've got it from here.

Deputy M. Rogers
OCSO, Orlando, Florida

March 22, 2009

I just wish to send my prayers and thoughts to the department during such a hard time. My you all be blessed...
Thomas Alford


March 22, 2009

To the four Oakland PD officers who made the ultimate sacrifice; You are true heroes and your bravery will never be forgotten. God bless

police officer
Springfield PD(union county, NJ)

March 22, 2009

Hey Sarge! I heard your heroic story when I came back to the station for EOS last night. My prayers are with your family, friends, brother and sister officers. RIP Hero!

Matt Lyons
Oceanside Police Department

March 22, 2009

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