4th Oakland Police Officer Dies

March 24, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A fourth Oakland police officer gunned down in a weekend shootout with a wanted parolee has been taken off life support. Sergeant John Hege was taken off life support this morning at Highland Hospital.

The Alameda County Coroner's office confirms that his body was delivered to them under police escort this morning.

Sergeant Hege was a veteran traffic officer who was shot during a traffic stop on Macarthur Boulevard and 74th avenue.

Memorials and Vigils for officers

The community has created a spontaneous memorial of flowers, flags and notes at the door step of the Oakland Police Department.

There is a book of condolence at Oakland City Hall people can sign. The book will be available daily from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m..

A vigil to honor the fallen officers will take place Tuesday evening, at the scene of the shootings. That will begin at 6 p.m., at 74th Avenue and Macarthur Boulevard.

A police memorial will be held Friday, March 27, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. The services will be open to the public. Officers from outside agencies and attendees should arrive early. We will be streaming the memorial here at abc30.com.

Trust funds for fallen officers

Trust funds have been established for the fallen officers. People who wish to make contributions to the funds have two options:

1. Individual Checks made out to families and mailed to c/o OPOA:
Attn: Rennee Hassna
555 5th Street
Oakland Ca, 94607

Checks should be made out to the following:
a. Dunakin Children's Family Trust
b. Romans Children's Family Trust
c. Sakai Family Trust

2. Wire transfers directly to Merrill Lynch Accounts:
a. Dunakin Children's Family Trust a/c #204-04065
b. Romans Children's Family Trust a/c #204-04066
c. Sakai Family Trust a/c #204-04064


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