CCSF to Present Honorary Degree to Alameda County Sheriff’s Rookie
SAN FRANCISCO – Family and friends of Alameda County Sheriff’s rookie David Nguyen gathered at City College of San Francisco for a candlelight vigil in his honor.
Nguyen was killed in a highway shootout in Oakland last month as he drove home from the Dublin Sheriff’s Academy. The shooter is still on the run.
Nguyen’s mother was among those who came together to celebrate his life with songs and memories on a campus that helped shape his future.
“He was just one unit away from completing his associate’s degree in liberal arts at City College,” said National Guard Lt. Alan Wong, CCSF administrator.
Wong served with Nguyen in the National Guard, said he offered the college to award Nguyen an honorary degree.
“His meritorious service to the community represents the best of City College and represents who we all are, and that’s why it’s so important for us to honor his service,” Wong said.
“David had so much potential to do so many things,” said his girlfriend Shanice Vaughn, who also serves in the National Guard. The two met as comrades in arms.
“The degree meant a lot to David, and he was so close to finishing it. All of his dreams were going to be fulfilled,” Vaughn said.
“His life had meaning,” said Nguyen’s friend Aaron Lam. “His life mattered. And because the cruel world was too polluted with darkness, he was called back into the arms of the Lord.”
San Francisco Sheriff Paul Miyamoto said, “He represented the future of law enforcement, of public safety. He represented integrity, improving himself and continuing his education here.”
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Barbara Nguyen said the city’s university meant a lot to her brother.
“He’s a good representation of the students who come here. Low income, immigrant family, little to no guidance growing up. But this school gave him that,” she said.
Nguyen was named an honorary sheriff’s deputy several weeks ago at the graduation of his fellow recruits. This honorary degree would be another salvation for a shortened life.