Angela Dunakin – the wife of Sgt. Mark Dunakin, who was among the four Oakland Police Department officers fatally shot in the March 21st, 2009 police shooting – was involved in a fatal car crash, this past Sunday.
According to East Bay News, Dunakin was on her way back from visiting her youngest son, Patrick, at Chico State University – bringing him cookies, as well – when a “large truck” rear-ended her at a stopped traffic light on Highway 99 in Yuba City, Sunday. Though first responders were quick to the scene and able to transport her to the latter-mentioned hospital, the trauma she endured from the accident lead to her untimely passing.
The Northern California chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) published Dunakin’s passing in a Facebook post Thursday; she was pronounced dead on Monday.
However, Dunakin is still helping those on this mortal plane. Being an organ donor, Dunakin’s body has “saved at least four lives,” her friends and family said to the news media site.
Currently, her heart has already been used to save the life of one Washington that was on a transplant list. Dunakin’s liver, too, has gone to a Southern California recipient. And, in a universally-aligned moment, the 52 year old's kidney proved to be a perfect match for the mother of her oldest son’s girlfriend, adding years onto her life.
“It makes us so happy that she’s going to have a lot more years to [the mother of her oldest son’s girlfriend] life,” her daughter said in an interview with East Bay Times Friday. “I’m glad my mom was able to give us that gift in the face of tragedy."
Other bodily tissues belonging to Dunakin will be donated and used to aid others, helping to decongest the long, scroll-like list many transplant recipients find themselves on.
Survived by the couple’s three adult children, the Fund A Hero: Dunakin Children's Family Trust Fund, supported by the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), is aiming to raise $50,000 to help the three children she left behind. You can donate to that fund, here.
For more information on how you can become a California organ donor – if you’re not one, already – visit register.donatelifecalifornia.org/register.