Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
We remember Sgts. Mark Dunakin, Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai and Officer John Hege.
Officers from throughout California, from as far away as New York and Florida will attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. PST) in the Orcacle arena (home to the Golden State Warriors) and which holds more than 19,000 people.
Some officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are also planning to be there.
If you can’t get in the coliseum there are big screens adjacent to it and people can watch from outside.
All 815 members of the Oakland Police Department are being allowed to attend. Not to fear, Oakland’s streets will be patrolled by officers from 15 other law-enforcement agencies in Alameda County, including the sheriff’s office, the California Highway Patrol and city and regional police departments.
The four men were shot and killed Saturday by 26-year-old Lovelle Mixon, a wanted parolee.
Dunakin, 40, and Hege, 41, were killed after they pulled Mixon over for a traffic stop.
“Romans, 43, and Sakai, 35, died when their SWAT team stormed the apartment where Mixon was hiding. Mixon, armed with an assault rifle, was also shot to death.”
Police Chief Howard Jordan, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and state Attorney General Jerry Brown. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will attend.
The funeral will be followed by a number of rituals, including the playing of bagpipes, a 21-gun salute with a military cannon, and flyovers involving 20 law-enforcement helicopters from across the nation.
The funeral will begin at 11am and is expected to last several hours.
The funeral can be watched on local Channels 2, 4, 5, 7 and 11.
So, what does God say about this kind of thing?
“Welcome home, boys. No greater love can a man show than to lay down his life for….” John 15:13.