As many of you know, Hayward Police Department Sgt. Scott Lunger was tragically killed on duty last week during a routine traffic stop. This is a huge loss to his family, to his friends, to his colleagues, and of course to our entire community.
Sgt. Lunger was also a huge Oakland A’s fan, as you can tell by these photos provided by his family. After all, only a true fan would wear an A’s 2014 Playoffs sweatshirt like Sgt. Lunger below…
It’s obvious that Sgt. Lunger meant the world to his community, so when we learned just how much the A’s meant to Sgt. Lunger, Sean and I thought this would be a unique opportunity to show his family and the Hayward PD that we appreciate everything that he did, and that the sacrifice he made did not go unnoticed.
As I sit here at work watching MLB Network (don’t tell my boss) with anxiety about the trade deadline – are we next? Are we safe? Do we have to move? Do my friends/Sean’s teammates have to move? I can’t help but think about Sgt. Lunger’s family. He left behind two beautiful daughters and a sweet and gracious fiancee.
I can’t help but think about all of the other families with partners/fathers/mothers/children in law enforcement. How when they say goodbye before a shift, it could have a very different meaning. And it puts everything in perspective.
We are pretty damn lucky. If my biggest concern is saying goodbye to my boyfriend while his baseball team goes on the road for a week, it’s safe to say I have nothing to complain about. There are those out there who make sacrifices for their families and for their communities, sometimes with their own safety or lives.
That’s why we are going to set up a booth to collect notes and letters of support for Sgt. Lunger and his family/colleagues. I want to surprise them with the show of support on the Aug. 9th Oakland A’s Law Enforcement Game. Tickets are still available, so please come to this game to help us celebrate our local law enforcement officers, first responders, emergency workers, and their families – I know you’ve heard this from me before, but I want those stands to be PACKED that day!
Come by our table behind section 120 at the O.Co Coliseum this Friday through Sunday (July 31 – August 2) from the time the gates open until the end of the third inning. Drop off any letters of support you’ve either already written at home, or you can write one on-site on one of the blank cards we have on hand.
I want his family to have something to help them look back on and remember the positive impact he made on the A’s community. And what better way than by delivering them hundreds and hundreds of letters of support, gratitude, and of course, condolence from A’s fans.
And if you are able, I encourage you to attend his public memorial service tomorrow, Thursday, 7/30 at 10am, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
If you can’t make it to a game this weekend to drop off a letter, please mail them by 8/4 to the following address:
Oakland Athletics attn: Sgt. Lunger Family Letters – 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA 94621
I look forward to meeting you all this weekend behind section 120 to help us honor Sgt. Lunger and his family the way they deserve.