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Shadow Cliffs run, barbecue honors police officers killed in the line of duty

Pleasanton event raises funds for surviving families

Hundreds joined in an inaugural memorial run and barbecue Saturday by the California Peace Officers Association to honor the more than 150 officers who are killed in the line of duty each year and their survivors.

The family-oriented event was held during National Police Memorial Week to honor peace officers who have fallen in the line of duty.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Northern California Chapter of COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors), an organization whose sole mission is to assist with rebuilding the lives of surviving family members and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed.

The local event was held as a similar observance was held in Oakland to honor four Oakland police officers who were gunned down last month in the deadliest police shooting in California history. Among those slain was Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 40, who grew up in Pleasanton and graduated from Foothill High School in 1987.

"(The Oakland incident) truly underscores the need for the resources COPS provides these families," said Lt. Mike Elerick, a Pleasanton police officer and chair of CPOA Region II.

COPS' Northern California chairwoman is Tammy Monego, who knows first-hand what it's like to be a survivor. She is the wife of John Monego, who was an Alameda County Sheriff's deputy killed at the Dublin Outback Steakhouse in 1998. Dunakin's widow, Angela Schwab, was held hostage at the Outback robbery.

Elerick said Outback has been a large supporter of law enforcement since the incidient and catered Saturday's barbecue that followed the run. Several local restaurants such as Redcoats, Cold Stone Creamery, spas and the Callippe Preserve Golf Course have donated items for the raffle. Members of the Pleasanton Police Department ran in the event, including Officer Joe Leonardo and his three children, who ran in honor of the two Oakland SWAT officers killed last month.

Trophies were awarded to the top overall male and female runners, with medals to the top three runners in each age division. Run entrants will receive one meal ticket and additional meals may be purchased for $10 for adults and $7 for children ages 12 and under.

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Parkside
on May 6, 2009 at 3:11 pm

I also heard that SFPD officers - working in Oakland the day of the fallen OPD officer's funeral - to allow all OPD officers to attend the funeral - donated all their overtime funds back to the Oakland PD officer association.

Class act SFPD....class act.


Thank you to all that serve us.


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Posted by Randy
a resident of Mission Park
on May 7, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Is the public allowed to attend the BBQ? If so what are the times?


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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on May 7, 2009 at 12:51 pm

AVHS Dad is a registered user.

It's a fundraiser so I'm sure the public is more than welcome for the run and/or the (Outback!!!) barbeque.

From the web site listed in the article:

The family BBQ begins at 11 a.m. Adult meal includes
Chicken or tri-tip; Kids meal includes a hamburger or hotdog.
Both meals include salad, side dish & a drink. Food
tickets are $10 for adults & $7 for kids (12 and under).
Entrants receive a free food ticket.


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Posted by Mr. Soccer
a resident of Downtown
on May 7, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Why did this get out so late? We could have gone if there was enough time to plan for it. Why report about somthing to try and raise support and not give enough time to do so???? I have lost P.D. freinds and would have loved to have gone. I will still donate to support them and all that they do for all of us.
Thank You!


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Posted by Karen
a resident of Birdland
on May 8, 2009 at 9:19 am

FYI - There is also an event in Oakland on Saturday at the Warehouse to benefit the families of the OPD officers. Tickets are $20. There will be a silent auction (in which many Pleasanton businesses donated items) as well as a live auction.

Here is a link Web Link

Looks like it will be a nice day on Saturday....come on out!!!


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