Police motorcade to accompany Sgt. Romans to Oakland memorial

Gov. Schwarzenegger will meet with family before services

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,

CA 94607.

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.

--Bay City News contributed to this story.


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Posted by Don Copland
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 27, 2009 at 9:58 am

It was sad to watch the procession for Sgt. Ramos, as they took him to Oakland for the funeral service today in Danville. It made me feel proud to see our fire dept. with two 100' aerial ladder trucks extended out over Diablo road and our stars and stripes hanging across the road as they passed through. Our citizens were lining the street with their hands on their heart. It is so sad for the families and their communties to loose 4 outstanding men that were fighting to keep our cities safe. We are proud of the Oakland Police Department, and all of our police and fire many times we don't get to say thank you for the work they do.

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Posted by Eric
a resident of Danville
on Mar 27, 2009 at 8:36 pm

I had the honor of being instructed by Erv Romans and Mark Dunakin at the Oakland Police Academy. As a Danville resident and a Bay Area Police Officer, I am grateful for the citizens of this community who are willing to line the streets to honor Erv and say goodbye. He deserved nothing less. I attended the services today with my fellow brothers and during Erv's eulogy, the speaker specifically thanked the citizens of the Danville/San Ramon area for their support. Please don't ever forget what Erv did for all of us.

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Posted by Tom
a resident of Danville
on Mar 30, 2009 at 10:49 am

I have nothing but gratitude to the police and firemen and women that keep us all safe. This job is so unlike most. When I have a bad day at work I still come home. To those in this service we are with you and are sad for your loss.

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Posted by Dawn
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 1, 2009 at 3:15 pm

While we didn't personally know Ervin Romans or his family, someone close to us did. He and his family spoke glowingly of Officer Romans and his years of service.

As lifetime members of The 100 Club of Contra Costa County, I would like to invite all citizens interested in supporting our police and firefighters to look into this organization:

Web Link

An excellent non-profit group that gives immediate and follow-up assistance to families of our bravest public servants in times of need.


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Posted by Y.Bernklau
a resident of another community
on Apr 7, 2009 at 4:05 pm

To the Family of Ervin Romans: he was the only
bright spot in a vandalsim incident last fall in Oakland, going out of his way to help me write a police report. He was
the only help I received I am very grateful to him. I wish
his family peace in the coming years and send heartfelt condolences.

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