Oakland Police officers will form a motorcade tomorrow morning to accompany the body of Sgt. Ervin Romans from a Danville funeral home to a memorial service being held at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Romans, 43, a Danville resident, was one of four policemen killed following a routine traffic stop near 74th and MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland over the weekend.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and state Attorney General Jerry Brown are among the thousands who will a attend the funeral for the four Oakland police officers, police said today.
Schwarzenegger will meet privately with the officers' family members prior to the 11 a.m. service at the Oracle Arena but isn't scheduled to speak at the funeral, Oakland police Capt. Paul Figueroa said at a noon news conference at police headquarters.
The officers who will be remembered are Romans, Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 40, of Tracy, Sgt. Daniel Sakai, 35, of Castro Valley, and Officer John Hege, 41, of Concord.
The Oakland funeral is drawing law enforcement personnel from across the country, and the four slain policemen will each arrive with motorcades from their hometowns.
Figueroa said the indoor arena can accommodate about 18,000 people. Plans are being made to broadcast the service on a giant screen at the outdoor Oakland Coliseum next door if the arena is filled.
Today a motorcade of eight Oakland Police Department motorcycles and 10 cars accompanied the hearse bearing Sgt. Romans from Wilson & Kratzer funeral home to a vigil at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Danville. The group returned to the funeral home around 8:30 p.m.
Danville Police Lt. Mark Williams said a similar motorcade will move out on Friday, bearing Sgt. Romans to the memorial service in Oakland. This procession will head out at approximately 9:15 a.m. and move up Hartz Avenue to Diablo Road. It will then go east on Diablo and enter southbound I-680. Williams said the motorcade will return along the same route following the service, sometime around 2:30 p.m.
Williams asked that motorists exercise patience as the funeral procession works its way through the area.
Romans, a former marine, worked for the Oakland Public Housing Authority before spending the last 13 years as a police officer. He worked for the Oakland Police Department out of its Eastmont Substation and was one of several S.W.A.T. members to enter a building where suspect Lovelle Mixon was hiding out after shooting two motorcycle officers, killing Sgt. Mark Dunakin and mortally wounding Officer John Hege.
When SWAT entered the building, Mixon opened fire with an AK-47, killing Sergeants Romans and Daniel Sakai.
Funds have been set up for Sgt. Romans' three children as well as the children of the other slain officers.
Anyone who would like to make a contribution to trust funds set up may do so by two methods - by wire transfer or by check. Wire transfers may be made directly to the following Merrill Lynch accounts:
The Romans Children's Family Trust, account No. 204-04066
The Dunakin Children's Family Trust, account No. 204-04065;
The Sakai Family Trust, account No. 204-04064.
No fund had been set up as of Monday afternoon on behalf of Hege, who had no children.
Checks can also be mailed to:
Oakland Police Officer's Association, attn.: Rennee Hassna, 555 Fifth St., Oakland,
Make checks payable to the Dunakin Children's Family Trust; The Romans Children's Family Trust; or the Sakai Family Trust.
The Deputy Sheriffs' Association of Alameda County has also established a
memorial fund for the fallen officers. Contributions may be mailed to:
San Francisco Police Credit Union, attn.: OPD Memorial Fund, 6689 Owens Drive,
Suite 125, Pleasanton, CA 94588.
Make checks payable to OPD Memorial Fund.