A's raise $130K for fallen police officers
Oakland's ownership adds $65,000 to match funds raised
OAKLAND -- The A's on Tuesday announced that they've raised $130,000 for the family trust funds of the four Oakland police officers who were killed March 21 and honored in a ceremony before the team's home opener Friday.
Half of the money -- $65,000 -- was raised through fan and player donations, a silent auction and a special law-enforcement ticket offer. A's managing partner Lew Wolff and principal partner John Fisher fulfilled their preseason pledge to match that amount.
"This organization always does such a great job in the community," second baseman Mark Ellis said. "It's nice to be a part of, it really is. The ceremony was really emotional. It's incredibly sad what happened."
Officer John Hege and Sgts. Mark Dunakin, Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai were remembered in Friday's ceremony, which included more than 50 Oakland Police Department officers, a plaque presentation to the OPD chief, a moment of silence in lieu of the ceremonial first pitch, "Taps" and a flyover.
"It was amazing to see all the officers on the field," Ellis said. "Obviously, what they're doing is a lot more important, but it's a little bit like baseball; they kind of have their own fraternity just like we do."
A's and Mariners players donned OPD hats during the ceremony, and the A's will wear "OPD" patches on their home white uniforms for the entire season.
"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," said Wolff. "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."
Additional contributions can be made by sending 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 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 Orme School of Arizona (HC63 Box 3040, Mayer, AZ 86333). For more information, please visit www.opoa.org.
Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.