March 21, 2009 was one of the darkest days in the history of The Oakland Police Department. Sergeants Mark Dunakin, Ervin Romans, Daniel Sakai and Officer John Hege were all shot by a sole gunman at two different locations. The incident unfolded when the suspect was pulled over for a moving violation. As the officers approached the vehicle for the second time, upon doing a license check the assailant shot both officers. Sergeant Dunakin died instantly while Officer Hege died three days later. About 2 hours after the first incident, the suspect was found in his sister’s apartment located several blocks away. The Oakland Police Department SWAT Team was ordered into the building to do an initial sweep of the ground floor before sending in a tracking dog. As the SWAT Team entered the building, the assailant shot and killed Sergeants Romans and Sakai before being killed in a barrage of bullets.
The following day we directed a fundraising event at the club on behalf of the families of the four shot Oakland Police Officers. On Monday, April 12th, 2010, we hosted: Police and Fire: The Fallen Heroes Celebrity Golf Tournament and Tribute Dinner. Ultimately, we were able to donate $40,000 to the families of the four fallen Oakland Police Officers.
Yet, from this one event came the bigger picture: To put both Peace Officers and Firefighters under one umbrella, statewide. Our cause and mission are unique to anywhere in the nation. Police and Fire: The Fallen Heroes became an “official” nonprofit, 501(c)(3) on July 1, 2009 according to our Federal Tax ID and License.
Since our formation, we have grown into a nonprofit with two focus points: To Honor the Fallen Hero’s Sacrifice and to provide support and services to the families and agencies who have lost so much.
We provide support specifically to peace officers and firefighters, their families. Our values are:
Honor and support for our fallen heroes and families
Integrity and transparency for the community we serve
Treating everyone with fairness, dignity, and respect
Compassion — attentive, responsive, and approachable