Firefighters, police salute along Interstate 580

Members of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department and local police saluted along Interstate 580 overcrossings Friday morning and again that afternoon as the funeral procession for Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 40, of Tracy passed below.

He was one of four fallen Oakland police officers who were laid to rest after services at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.

The largest gathering of those honoring Sgt. Dunakin and his family was from the Las Colinas overpass just east of First Street in Livermore, seen in these photos.

After they faced two fire engines toward each other, extending their ladders to connect, firefighters hung a giant American flag and saluted as law enforcement agencies from cities such as Tracy, Manteca, Hanford and Merced headed west on 580 to the police funeral at Oracle Arena in Oakland for the four slain officers.

Later Friday afternoon, firefighters again saluted the procession, providing a "final" tribute from I-580 overpasses as the family headed home for a burial service.


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Posted by Thank you
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 27, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Thank you LPFD and local police officers! I was very touched when I drove past First Street and Santa Rita over passes and saw you saluting with the USA flag in the air. As we drove by, I told my Amador teenager how important it is that we appreciate our FD and PD. Beautiful tribute. Thank you so much. I felt patriotic, compassionate, and deeply saddened for the families. It is going to be important for police officers to connect with the community so that we citizens feel a part of the "to protect and to serve" purpose. Thank you for serving our communities.

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Posted by Phyllis
a resident of Danville
on Mar 27, 2009 at 9:32 pm

My family and I were so moved by the memorial service for the fallen officers. These officers and all other officers of the PD and FD are heroes and should be given the respect they deserve. To the family of those who died, there are so few words to say but know that you will all be in my prayers.

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