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UPDATE: Pleasanton community remembers slain Oakland police officer

Original post made on Mar 23, 2009

Longtime Pleasanton resident and former Mayor Frank Brandes Jr.'s heart sunk when he learned one of the three Oakland police officers slain Saturday was Sgt. Mark Dunakin. Dunakin, who grew up in Pleasanton and graduated from Foothill High School in 1987, had been a close family friend.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, March 23, 2009, 6:40 PM

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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 23, 2009 at 3:57 pm

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With that off my chest, let me say that I've got a brother who's a 32 year cop in VA, and I cry everytime one of our heroe's in blue is killed. God love 'em, and I thank them every day for their continued efforts against those who live outside the law and the personal sacrifices they and their families make. My deepest condolences to the families and loved ones involved. Well done, all four. RIP.

unclehomerr..


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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 23, 2009 at 4:00 pm

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unclehomerr..


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Mar 23, 2009 at 4:35 pm

My heart goes out to the families. A grim reminder of what the boys in blue are up against as they go about the routine enforcement of the law.


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Posted by PJ
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 23, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Fidelis ad Mortem
RIP


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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 23, 2009 at 8:16 pm


Let me rephrase my comment about PW writing and editing.

This is not what happened, according to every other news report!

"Dunakin was shot to death as he was riding his police motorcycle at 74th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard in east Oakland Saturday afternoon."

unclehomerr..


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Posted by Scott Walsh
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Mar 24, 2009 at 8:26 am

May they Rest in Peace and God be with their families and friends as they struggle through this tragedy. PPD, thanks for all you do and be safe out there!!


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Posted by a highschool class mate
a resident of Foothill High School
on Mar 24, 2009 at 8:56 am

Mark was an amazing man and was dedicated to protecting the people and the city of Oakland. I pray that his wife has the strength to deal with this second police tragedy for their children. A trust fund has been set up for Mark's children at Merrill Lynch: "Dunakin Children's family Trust" account no. 204-04065. Checks can be made out to the Dunakin family and mailed to the OPD officers association Attn: Rennee Hassna 555 Fifth St. Oakland Ca 94607

Mark is a part of Pleasanton and I think we should help his family in their time of need.


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Posted by Debbie
a resident of another community
on Mar 27, 2009 at 12:00 pm

my heart goes out to all the familes


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