The nightmare that unfolded in Oakland over the weekend hit particularly close to home for the A’s organization:
Two of the officers, Dunakin and Hege, often worked A’s games at the Oakland Coliseum, according to David Rinetti, the team’s vice president of stadium operations.
“It hit me hard,” Rinetti said.
Hege spent years providing security in the Coliseum’s West Side Club. More recently, Dunakin worked ballpark security and also provided escorts for players and umpires. Both men were well-known to employees throughout the Coliseum.
“You see those guys at the ballpark all the time, and you take it for granted,” Rinetti said. “Now their presence isn’t there anymore.”
The A’s sent out a public statement Sunday that read:
“Not only did we have a business relationship with some of these officers, but a personal one as well. They were fixtures working our games, and some also served as team escorts. Our hearts and prayers go out to their families. We appreciate the job that they did, as we do all members of the Oakland Police Department.”