A’s to honor Oakland police offers Friday night

Hey folks, here’s an important FYI: The A’s plan to honor the four Oakland police officers who were killed March 21 with a pre-game ceremony before Friday’s home opener against Seattle. The A’s also will wear an “OPD” patch on their home white uniforms throughout the season in memory of Sgts. Mark Dunakin, Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai, and Officer John Hege. Friday’s ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m., 35 minutes before first pitch. More than 50 Oakland police officers are expected to take part.

Donations will be taken at designated locations throughout the Coliseum Friday night to go toward the officers’ family trust funds. Money will also be raised through a special ticket offer for the three-game Seattle series. A’s owner Lew Wolff and principal partner John Fisher will match the funds raised Friday, and an equal donation will be made to each of the officers’ families or charity of choice.

“On behalf of the entire Oakland A’s organization, our deepest condolences go out to the members of the Oakland Police Department and the family members of the officers involved in this terrible tragedy,” Wolff said in a team release. “These officers served as security during many of our games throughout the years. Our hearts and prayers go out to all law enforcement officials who dedicate their lives to the public safety of our neighborhoods and citizens. We appreciate the job they do every day protecting our community.”

Also, those not attending the game who would like to make a contribution can mail a check to the Oakland Police Officer’s Association, Attn: Renee Hassna, 555 5th Street, Oakland, CA 94607. Please make checks payable to the Dunakin Children’s Family Trust; the Romans Children’s Family Trust; or the Sakai Family Trust. Or a donation can be made under John Hege’s name to the following charities: Oakland Police Emergency Net (555 5th Street, Oakland, CA 94607, Attn: Renee Hassna), Piedmont Council Inc. Boy Scouts of America (10 Highland Way, Piedmont, CA 94611) or Oreme School of Arizona (HC63 Box 3040, Mayer, AZ 86333). More information can be found at www.opoa.org.

Joe Stiglich