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

On behalf of the men and women of the Camillus Police Department, our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and co-workers of Sergeant Mark Dunakin. Rest in Peace Brother, We now have the Watch.

Town of Camillus Police Department, Central New York

March 22, 2009

Rest In Peace.

U.S. Marshals

March 22, 2009

Rest in peace brother...keep an eye on us from above. May God bless and protect your family.

Sergeant Aaron Widener
Marina PD

March 22, 2009

Sgt. Mark Dunakin Rest in Peace.

C.O. Stephen D. Celestino
Westchester County Dept. of Correction, NY

March 22, 2009

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

March 22, 2009

This is truly a sad day for the City of Oakland. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Sgt. Dunakin. God bless the Oakland PD. May you rest in eternal peace Sgt. Dunakin.


March 22, 2009

Every day of our lives is a page in the book of life. Heroes don’t get to write the end of there book because we have to make the ultimate sacrifices every day of our lives to protect the innocent. Rest in peace SGT Dunakin your watch has ended but your mission in life will be carried on by your brothers and sisters of the badge. Your sacrifice will not be in vain. Semper Fi

CPL Leonard Gould 00-071
Lee County Sheriff's office Florida

March 22, 2009

The officers of the Spring Township Police Department want to express our deep saddness and grief for the family, friends and fellow officers of Sgt. Dunakin.You have given the ultimate sacrafice in protection of your fellow citizens, officers and country. We will pray for the healing of your loved ones and want to thank you for your service!

Police Officer
Spring Township P.D. (Centre County PA)

March 22, 2009

Rest, brother.

Cpl Steve Headley
Mishawka, IN police

March 22, 2009



March 22, 2009

My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Ptlm. N. Kondreck
Belleville Police Dept. NJ

March 22, 2009



March 22, 2009

I did not know these officers, but My heart and prayers go out to the families of all officers from the Oakland PD. May God keep you all in his hands.You will be in my prayers and thoughts.

Deputy Sheriif Flowers
Jeffco Sheriff Colorado

March 22, 2009

Sergeant Dunakin, during your tour of duty you have served your city and community with honor and dignity, it is your time to rest, we will carry on from here. To the family of Sergeant Dunakin you all are in our thoughts and prayers. The police family will be by your side when you need them. To the men and women of the Oakland Police Department hold your heads high as you all carry on during these difficult times. God Speed Boss.

Detective Grade One Robert Jackson
Metropolitan Police Department/Homicide Branch

March 22, 2009

R.I.P. and thank you for your tour of duty. you are a true hero. I know this incident has touched everyone here on the east coast and our thoughts and prayers are with you and the other officers families.

Ben DeLugo
Virginia Beach EMS

March 22, 2009

My thoughts and prayers go to this officer's family and the Oakland Police Department, during this time of horrible tragedy....


March 22, 2009

Rest easy my brother...we have the watch now.

Badge 195
Winston Salem Police, NC

March 22, 2009

Thank you for your service to your community.


March 22, 2009

We would like to send our warmest regards and deepest condolences to the family, friends and department of Sgt. Mark Dunakin. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult and sad time. Rest in Peace, Sgt. Dunakin and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc.
Members & Staff

March 22, 2009

Thanks for standing watch, keeping Oakland and America safe. May the Lord bless you and keep you. I pray your family finds peace in the trying days ahead, knowing your work was not in vain. I pray you'll hear "well done my good and faithful servant, enter the kingdom of heaven."


March 22, 2009

"Motor Officers"

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


March 22, 2009

As a citizen of California, I wish to thank you and the other Oakland Officers for your service.
I never knew any of you, but I know that your service made California a safer place for all of us. God bless your family and the entire Oakland Police department on this sad day.

Joe S.
Civilian, Bakersfield, Ca.

March 22, 2009

Rest in Peace to Sgt. Dunakin. GOD be with you and your family, friends and your Brothers and Sisters of the Oakland PD. My heart goes out to all of you after this horrific incident.

Chief Kevin C. Radford
Mars Police Dept. PA.

March 22, 2009

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Oakland Police Department and the family of Sgt Mark Dunakin. GOD Bless all of you fellow officers in Oakland.

Sheriff John S. Wilson
Clare County Sheriff Department, Mi

March 22, 2009

Rest in peace Sergeant Dunakin!
You will not be forgotten!

Willie Bell Hopewell VA
Friend Of All Law Enforcement Officers!

March 22, 2009

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