• Current and Past Events
Fallen Officer Fund – Sgt. Daniel Sakai
On May 9, 2012, President Clarissa Balmaseda and NAAALEC member Lieutenant Jason Ta, San Jose Police Department; presented a check to Jennifer Sakai, widow of Sergeant Daniel Sakai who was killed in the line of duty. The check represented NAAALEC’s Fallen Officers Fund that provides family members financial assistance. This check for $2,500 will go towards Sgt. Daniel and Jennifer Sakai’s daughter JoJiye’s college fund.
On March 21, 2009, Oakland Police SWAT Sergeant Daniel Sakai at 35 was killed, along with another SWAT team member, Sergeant Ervin Romans, when the SWAT team attempted to apprehend a suspect that had earlier in the day shot and killed Sergeant Mark Dunakin and mortally wounded Officer John Hege, both of the Oakland Police Department, during a traffic stop.
Daniel Sakai was described as a special young man who was clearly a born leader. He was committed to public service and making a difference in other people’s lives; and Daniel Sakai was also described as a person that everyone looked up to and wanted to be.
Captain Hong’s Retirement
On March 9, 2012, President Clarissa Balmaseda attended Captain Rich Hong’s Retirement Dinner Celebration in San Francisco. Captain Hong retired from the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and served 14.5 years out of a total of 30 years in law enforcement. Ms. Balmaseda presented Mr. Hong a special plaque for his tremendous contribution while serving Vice President for NAAALEC from 2009 to 2011.
Officer Felix Sung
On April 7, 2012, President Clarissa Balmaseda attended FALEO’s (Filipino American Law Enforcement Officer’s) 2nd Annual Scholarship Award Banquet. She had the pleasure and honor to present San Francisco Police Officer Felix Sung a check from the NAAALEC Fallen/Injured Officer’s Grant.
On December 7, 2008, Officer Felix Sung was involved in a terrible motorcycle accident on his way to participate in a Toy Drive at the San Francisco General Hospital. Officer Sung lost control of his motorcycle on a wet and slippery street and collided with a parked car. Officer Sung sustained life-threatening injuries, including a broken neck and severe facial injuries. Officer Sung has been on disability and unfortunately, this will expire in April 2012. Officer Sung joined the San Francisco Department in 1995 and is know for his infectious smile and quiet demeanor. He is an outstanding and very professional Police Officer. Officer Sung is a devoted family man and has much love for his family. His dedication towards his job gives his determination to one day come back to San Francisco Police Department.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee
On October 1, 2007, the country lost a national law enforcement icon, Sheriff Harry Lee of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Lee was the patriarch of the National Asian Peace Officer’s Association (NAPOA), and NAAALEC. Our beloved Sheriff died of complications from Leukemia after serving for over 28 years as the leader of Jefferson Parish.
NAAALEC President Tom Maruyama, Vice President Billy Quach and Sgt. At Arms John Lee, along with NAPOA President Regan Fong, Vice President Bobby May and Sgt. At Arms Hoi Lee, attended the service.
On September 11, 2007, NAAALEC had a flag flown above the US Capitol for Sherriff Lee, to commemorate him as a life member of NAAALEC. Although the board was unable to present this honor to the Sheriff in person, President Tom Maruyama was able to present it to his widow at the funeral.
Sheriff Lee, you are THE example for all Asians in law enforcement to follow, never say no, never quit and always do your best. You will be missed.