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


It sounds like thunder far away, but the skies are blue and bright...
And soon they crest the hill nearby, and ride into our sight.
They shake the ground with powerful sound, and they make some hearts beat fast...
They look so proud and noble, like Knights come from the past.

Side by side, they always ride, and seem to move as one...
From early in the morning light, to the setting of the sun.
And children point and wave to them, from cars that pass them by...
And young ones ask their parents, why the men have mirrors for eyes.

They ride the roads, and fight for good, and defend small ones like you...
They ask to ride, and do with pride, and sometimes they are few.
Like men of steel, on Silver Wings, they sparkle in the light...
then with a roar and rumble, they ride out of our sight.

Sometimes when one has fallen, never to ride again...
You can hear the others calling, like thunder on the wind.
Side by side, they slowly ride, and their thunder is a mournful sound...
And the mirrors hide their eyes from us, when teardrops fall to ground.

So if you see one riding, and you look into his face...
You see your reflection in his eyes, you know that you are safe.
For motormen are a special breed, they love to ride the wind...
And when you hear the thunder boom, the fallen ones ride again.
Author Unknown
Rest in Peace, Brother…
We hope these few words will help through the dark days ahead. All of you will be in our prayers

Canon City, CO

Mariyn Robinson

March 22, 2009

Blessed are those for they shall be called peacemakers. Sgt. Dunakin, may you forever guard the gates of heaven. Rest easy brother in blue, your fellow brothers and sisters have it from here.

Officer and Wife
Dallas Police Department

March 22, 2009

God be with your wife, three children, and colleagues at OPD. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Special Agent
FBI - Detroit Division

March 22, 2009

There Are No Words...

San Francisco

March 22, 2009

So senseless.

Thank you for your courage and sacrifice. Our prayers are with your friends, family & your community.

Albuquerque, NM

March 22, 2009

You are a brave warrior, Sarge. May you rest in peace and may the spirit of God forever provide comfort to your loved ones.

Captain Cedric Raymond

March 22, 2009

Thank you for your service. Rest in peace, brother.

Ofc. J. Libby
McKinney Police Dept

March 22, 2009

Thank you for your service to the people of Oakland. What a tremendous loss they've suffered.

My thoughts and prayers are with your family, those of Sgt. Romans and Sgt. Sakai and your family at the Oakland PD.

New Hampshire

March 22, 2009

Sgt Dunakin, Rest in peace ansd God be with your family.

Former Trooper Ken R. Bays
Virginia State Police

March 22, 2009

Sgt. Dunakin,
Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. There truly are no words to help or comfort your family and the department. Just know that we are with you all, grieving the loss of a family member.

Wife of a California Highway Patrol Officer

March 22, 2009

Gone, but never forgotten, Rest easy now my Brother in Law, your watch on earth is over.......

Sgt. John L Gulledge (Ret)
Escambia Co. Sheriff's Office Pensacola FL.

March 22, 2009

Sgt. Dunakin, you will forever be remembered. The Oakland LE community will remain at your family's side, and I pray that somehow they will be comforted.

Oakland CHP wife

March 22, 2009

God Bless all of you who gave the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect others. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families.

Patton State Hospital Police Dept.

March 22, 2009

This is truly a sad day for the friends,family and co-workers of Sgt Dunakin. It is also a sad day for America. Sworn to protect, cut down so horribly. Thoughts and prayers to your family and those of Sergeants Daniel Sakai and Ervin Romans. Your spirit lives on Motorman!

Brian Engelhardt
El Cajon Police Department,Ca

March 22, 2009

To the family, friends and to the Oakland Police Department-- With deepest sympathy. May Sgt. Dunakin rest in peace.

PO Terrasi

March 22, 2009

Every family will be in my prayers. Thank you for serving and your sacrifice.

K9 Officer Hager
Mount Holly Police Dept. (NC)

March 22, 2009

You were a true hero and made the ultimate sacrifice. My prayers are with your family.

Officers wife
Alameda PD

March 22, 2009

Segeant Mark Dunakin and Family:

May you rest in piece. A foot soldier, a hero, an inspiration.
Thank you for your service.
Heaven has another Hero.

Mother of OPD Rookie


March 22, 2009

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

March 22, 2009

My heart and prayer goes out to the family and the men and women of the Oakland Police Department.

The world just lost some true heros.

Always in our hearts, you will never be forgotten!

Rest in peace brother.

Police Assistant
Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

March 22, 2009


Deputy J.Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriffs Office

March 22, 2009


Deputy J.Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriffs Office

March 22, 2009

Having trained with Chaplains from Oakland P.D. and been a Chaplain with Livermore P.D. I have a special feeling for all impacted by this tragic event. We are praying for you.

Chaplain Tom Frederick
Hampton Police Division, Hampton, VA

March 22, 2009

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and fellow members of the Oakland Police Department.
R.I.P. Motorman

Sgt Jean Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP Service, Traffic & Escort Unit

March 22, 2009

My heart truly goes out to these fallen officers families. You will be in my thoughts and prayers...

Officers wife
Clovis, CA

March 22, 2009

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