Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Daniel Takashi Sakai

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, March 21, 2009

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Reflections for Sergeant Daniel Takashi Sakai

Scripture assures us that, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called [children] of God.” Matthew 5:9 ESV and “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 ESV.

Rev. Dr. Steven Robert Closs, DD, MSBS
Licensed & Ordained Independent Christian Minister
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry
“An Intercessory Prayer Ministry for Law Enforcement”
Chartered by the National Association of Christian Ministers
Merrimack, NH 03054

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DD, MSBS
Merrimack NH Police Department

July 29, 2018

Dan, my friend... 25 years ago we worked together as CSOs at UC Berkeley. I had been your training officer in 1992, taught you the difference between a 10-59 and an 11-51. You were probably the easiest trainee I had over the years. I knew then that you would become a police officer, and a good one.

Last time I spoke with you, you were doing traffic control after a football game, I believe it was Sept 1996 after we beat OSU in triple overtime. You recognized me as I walked by even though it had been a few years, and we spent about 5min catching up. I still remember that day.

The day I learned of your passing, my heart sank and my three year old daughter asked me why I was so sad and I cried telling her why. I still remember that day. Rest in peace brother.

Scott Redman, former CSO (1990-1993)
UC Berkeley Police Dept #153

March 23, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

March 21, 2018

Almost 9 years and you, Sgt. Sakai, Sgt. Romans, Sgt. Dunakin, and Officer Hege are still remembered for your humanity, your hearts for the public, your dignity, your service, and your sacrifice.

We the public need to stand behind our police officers who have a calling for such a difficult job before those who follow in your footsteps finally give up because of lack of support. We need to push for stricter penalties and greater enforcement of penalties for felons with weapons and for those who procure or enable them to have weapons. We need very stiff penalties for illegal possession of weapons. We need to do our part so that your sacrifices and those of your families will not have been in vain. The law needs to protect victims and potential victims at least as much as it protects criminals. May you all rest in the peace until the day our Lord returns.

Citizen of Los Angeles
Citizen of California

March 17, 2018

7 years later....Still not forgotten....your care for your community and your courage and integrity stand as a beacon of hope for all citizens. My heart is still heavy with sadness at your passing, but know that you will have eternal life.

Citizen of Los Angeles
Citizen of California

November 3, 2016

7 year later..... Still not forgotten. RIP

Police Explorer Matthew Badie
San Leandro Police Department Explorer post #540

March 21, 2016

Seven years have passed since that horrific day. The filth who murdered you is a smear on the history of the Oakland Police Department, you Sir, are an honored hero. It would have been better if you were still here and simply a good guy doing his job.

God Bless you Sgt. Sakai and may your eternal rest continue to be Peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

March 21, 2016

Rest in peace, and blessings to all your brothers in the OPD and your family.
Thank you for your service


May 4, 2015

Sakai,I miss that smile! and Sgt Dunakin when you would come into the jail and say that I was the hardest working Officer! That always made my day!! I will always remember where I was when I received the news and how sad I felt you are all very much missed. Jenn my thoughts and prayers are with you on this difficult day xo

Kathy Ceballo
Correctional Officer

March 21, 2015

Today marks the 6yr anniversary of that tragic day. I will never forget where my husband and I were upon hearing the news. I feel like it just happened yesterday and it leaves a knot in my stomach.
For the family's of their beloved, you are always in my thoughts. I understand your grief.
For all Police Officers, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you do.
K. Hoyle

Widow of deceased officer

March 21, 2015

Sgts Sakai, Romans, Dunakin, and Officer Hege: we know that you had many choices in what to do with your lives, but you chose a life of service. It has been almost six years since your end of watch, but we remember your sacrifice, honor your memory, and are inspired by your courage, humanity, and compassion.

Lin Norton

February 21, 2015

I was honored to be driving by when his memorial was reinstalled today.

Laura K

December 23, 2014

Ervin grew up in Ironwood, Michigan, and lived on Sunset Road -- I did too but was a little older -- my thoughts and prayers are with his family now and always. He was a courageous and honorable man. I am humbled by his service and sacrifice.


September 28, 2014

I dedicate my Capstone class for, Criminal Justice, to Daniel Takashi Sakai. I hope to one day be a brave and honorable police officer just as he was. His story is one i will carry with me through my life. Thank you for all you have done and may you rest in peace.

Student Amanda Fantazia
Heald Capstone Class Modesto, CA 2013

September 19, 2013

Hey Dan, I think about you often. You were a great brother and friend.

Steve S

June 5, 2013

Remembering our friend Dan today along with his brothers. We miss you and will never forget you.

Your friend Fern D.

March 21, 2013

Missing you my friend. Just missing you. Thank you for inspiring me to be a better daddy.

Kevin Dahlstrom

March 21, 2013

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

March 21, 2013

That day Officer Sakai and three fellow officers were transported to ACMC, where I was having my regular volunteer shift. I was unaware of the tragedy that was unfolding out in the street of East Oakland until I step out of the hospital, ready to take bus 51 back home. Outside, there was a scene that I will never forget. I knew something serious and deadly had happened. I had a strange feeling of panic and fear, which prompted me to retrieve back to the hospital building. Later speaking to the nurses in the hospital, I learned that four officers were down. I remember crying upon hearing the sad news.

Officer Sakai graduated from Cal a decade ahead of me. RIP.

UC Berkeley Alumni

January 2, 2013

I have laid down my life in service to all of you.
I have been a part of the fabric that has held the line between your safety and your victimization.
As I now become a part of the rich history of law enforcement, please remember me always for I have left behind those who loved and depended upon me.
I have given my life so that others may live in peace.
My partners and my agency, please remember my family, their loss, and don’t let time soften your compassion for them.
You guard the gate now and I will continue my watch from above.

Captain Doug Gist (retired) Washoe S.O.
Silver State National Peace Officers Museum

August 6, 2012

You and your family remain in my thoughts and prayers.

You were a great police officer, teacher and mentor.
You would be so proud of the officers you help train and mentored.

I never got the opportunity to thank you for what you did. I hope you knew how much you were respected and appreciated.

Rest In Peace

Police Officer's Mother

August 1, 2012

We still remember you and miss you Dan. Rest in peace.

UC Berkeley Police Department

March 22, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the third anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. I will always remember hearing the news coverage that day of the tragic news. I was saddened, angry and dismayed that our Bay Area police community had been dealt the blow of four noble men protecting our community being shot.

I am praying for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever, Your family is in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 21, 2012

Thank you for your service Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

March 21, 2012


You are still missed. While I have never known or met you, I am honored to be a member of Alpha SIgma Phi with you, and to serve as an officer in my community. I hope I can be half the brother and officer you were. God bless you and your family.

Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office

March 21, 2012

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