SACRAMENTO – An Assembly Concurrent Resolution designating a portion of Highway 4 between Brentwood and Oakley in East Contra Costa County the “Police Sergeant Scott Lunger Memorial Highway” passed both houses of the Legislature and has been enacted.
ACR 49 was authored by Assemblymember Frazier (D-Discovery Bay). It designates the section of Highway 4 from Balfour Road in Brentwood to Laurel Road in Antioch in memory of Sgt. Lunger, a Brentwood resident who was shot and killed in the line of duty while serving with the Hayward Police Department in 2015.
“Sergeant Lunger was an exemplary peace officer who served with distinction and honor,” Frazier said. “His loss had a devastating impact on his family, his local community and the entire East Bay law enforcement community. Fortunately, the Legislature has a process that allows us to remember him by designating a portion of the state highway in his community to carry his name.”
Sgt. Scott Paul Lunger conducted a traffic stop with the assistance of a second unit in Hayward on July 23, 2015. As Lunger and the officer approached the vehicle, an occupant in the vehicle opened fire, striking and killing Sgt. Lunger. The officer with Lunger returned fire as the vehicle fled. The vehicle was found abandoned a short time later and the suspect, who was wounded, was taken into custody.
Sgt. Lunger was born in Hayward and raised in Dublin. He graduated from Dublin High and continued his studies, playing football at both Diablo Valley College and Chico State University. He followed in the footsteps of his father and brother by completing the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 595’s apprenticeship program and worked his way up to general foreman to become a partner in the family’s electrical business.
In 2000, Lunger fulfilled a longtime desire to serve in law enforcement when he was hired by the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department. Following his graduation from the 109th Alameda County Sheriff’s Department Class of 2000, Lunger accepted a position with the Hayward Police Department in May 2001.
He had found his true calling as a police officer, where he served in many capacities including: Special Duty, the Gang Task Force, SWAT and as a Field Training Officer.
He was an avid Green Bay Packers and Oakland A’s fan and enjoyed attending games. He also served as the assistant coach for the Freedom High School softball team in Oakley.
Sgt. Lunger left behind two daughters, Ashton and Saralyn, and his fiancée Jennifer Lee and her two sons, Trevor and Ethan, with whom he was close.
“I am thankful he is being remembered in the community where he lived and where he spent his time off-duty,” said Ms. Lee, who helped decide which section of Highway 4 should be named for her fiancé. “Scott was passionate about coaching youth sports, especially the Freedom High School softball team, and I am grateful the signs designating his memorial highway will be seen daily by the many people whose lives he touched.”
ACR 49’s final passage clears the way for the Brentwood Police Activities League to raise funds to pay for the signage and work with Caltrans to have them installed. By law, state funds cannot be used to pay for and install memorial signs. All the funds must be raised privately.
According to Andrew Bird, Frazier’s Communications Director, “The designation does not in any way usurp or infringe upon on the John Marsh Heritage Highway, which is a different type of designation.”