Oakland - The latest undergraduate class at a local nursing school presented Oakland police with a check Tuesday in honor of the four sworn officers who died in the line of duty in March.
All 57 students in the 2009 Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Samuel Merritt University agreed to donate the $1,140 to the Oakland Police Officers Association, according to the school. The money would have gone toward celebrating their graduation.
One of the students, Caitlin Baron, was doing her one-on-one supervised clinical work at Alameda County Medical Center when the first wounded officer was brought into the emergency room March 21.
"When they called the code, I went down to the emergency room and you could feel everyone felt the pain and tragedy of the situation," Baron said. "The ER was full of police officers, nurses and doctors. After the horror of that day, our graduating class decided we wanted to give back - to show our appreciation for the police officers' courage and the protection they give us."