David Tambara of San Francisco passed away on October 23, 2010 at age 57. He is survived by his mother, his two sons, and his beloved partner and her three sons.
He was born on May 1, 1953 in Sacramento to Hiroshi and June Tambara. David was raised and educated in San Francisco graduating from George Washington High School in 1971. He also went on to attend City College of San Francisco.
David had recently retired as an Inspector from the San Francisco Police Department after serving for 33 years. He was the first liaison person between the Japanese American community and the SFPD.
He was an active member of the San Francisco Asian Peace Officers' Association. David once served as its president.
Leslie Gee Passed away on May 22, 2010 at age 60. He is survived by his wife, son, stepmother and three brothers.
He Served in the Vietnam War from 1970 to 1973, then served in the US Army Reserves until 1986. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and Sharpshooter Badge.
He worked for the US Postal Service as a mail clerk after serving in Vietnam. He became a US Postal Security Officer from 1970 to 1976. From 1978 to 1983, he was a US Customs Patrol Officer. He graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice on June 1982. He then worked for ATF from 1983 until his retirement on February 28, 2007.
He received the following awards: Heroes Award from Asian American Council (2003), SOAFO's Lifetime Achievement Award (May 18, 2007), and a Congressional Proclamation by Honorable Edolphus Towns (February 22, 2007).
He was a member of the Society of Asian Federal Officers and the NYPD Asian Jade Society.
Alfred Wong, 91, of Potomac, formerly of Silver Spring, died April 2, 2010.
Born March 25, 1919 in New York City, he was the husband of Nora Wong for 59 years.
Mr. Wong was a former Marshal of the Supreme Court and a former Secret Service agent who went to China with (President Richard) NIxon. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in North Africa and Italy and was awarded a Bronze Star. He graduated from Fordham University in 1950 and served in the Secret Service from 1951-1975. He retired from the Secret Service as Deputy Assistant Director in Charge of White House Security. It is believe that he was the first Asian American in the Secret Service.
Mr. Wong was the first Chinese-American to be appointed a Marshal of the Supreme Court in 1975, and he served until 1995. He was of lifetime member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the American Society of Industrial Security and the Association of Retired Police Officers of the District of Columbia.
He is survied by his wife, three daughters-Lorraine (Lorrie) Chow of Potomac, Barbara Follett of Potomac, and Shirley Weaver of Phoenix, Arizona. He is also survived by nine grandchildren.
A memorial service was held on June 22 at 2:45 p.m. in the Old Post Chapel at Ft. Myer, Va. Inurnment followed in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions were made to the Salvation Army or Montgomery Hospice. Pumphrey's Funeral Home in Bethesda handled arrangements.
Oakland Police SWAT Sergeant Ervin Romans (left) and Sergeant Daniel Sakai (right), were killed on March 21, 2009, when they attempted to apprehend a suspect that had earlier in the day shot and killed Sergeant Mark Dunakin and mortally wounded Officer John Hege during a traffic stop.
A native of Michigan and a decorated former Marine sergeant, Ervin Romans joined the department in 1996. In 1999, Romans received the department's highest honor, the Medal of Valor for helping save residents in a West Oakland fire. Romans lived with his wife, Laura, whom he recently married, and had three children-Kristina, Justin, and Kayla.
Sakai grew up in Big Bear Lake, a resort community in Southern California where he quickly developed a love for outdoor sports. He graduated from Big Bear High School, then moved up to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley, where he studied forestry. He was a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and worked as a community service officer, escorting students around the campus at night.
Sakai is survived by his wife and young daughter.
The legendary Sheriff Harry Lee passed away on October 8, 2007. First elected in 1979, Sheriff Lee was re-elected six more times in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. His tireless dedication and service spanned nearly 30 years.
Harry was born in the back room of his family's New Orleans laundry. He got involved in politics at an early age when he was elected Student Body president at his elementary school. After college, he served in the Air Force, married Lai Lee, and returned to Louisiana.
Harry then finished law school & followed a career path of a politically savvy lawyer. He saw an opportunity to make a greater difference in his community and ran for Sheriff by campaigning on an anti-corruption platform. His first election garnered him 57% of the total vote. And as history showed, Harry became a larger-than-life figure in Louisiana politics!
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