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Orozco Supports Renaming Oak Valley Park for Army Spc. Michael Dahl Jr.

Beaumont Unified School District board member Mark Orozco attended an event last weekend and announced his support for renaming the park on Friday April 27.

A member of the Beaumont Unified School District board is backing local efforts to rename a park for Army Spc. Michael Dahl Jr., a Beaumont native who was killed in action in Afghanistan in October 2009.

Mark Orozco and others attended an event last weekend and announced his support for renaming the park on Friday April 27. Orozco said in a phone interview he attended the event to show his support for Dahl, who graduated from Beaumont High School.

. was 23 years when he was killed in Kandahar Province, southwest Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense. Before he died, he used to take his dog to Oak Valley Park when he came home to Beaumont on leave, his father said.

Oak Valley Park is east of Oak View Drive, between Oak Valley Parkway and Brookside Avenue. It is not part of the Oak Valley golf course and it is not part of Noble Creek Park.

Michael Dahl Sr. told Banning-Beaumont Patch in February he wants the park renamed for his son, and he hopes the park will serve as a tribute to all locals killed in combat.

"We support Mr. Dahl's efforts to honor a son and a hero of Beaumont," Orozco said in a prepared statement. "To those that have not heard about this initiative, I say that you can still help by calling Beaumont City Council members to voice your support for the Dahl family."

Orozco urged Beaumont residents to email him at markslaws@yahoo.com.

He also urged residents email councilmembers Brian DeForge and Nancy Gall, and City Manager Alan Kapanicas to show support for renaming Oak Valley Park.

bdeforge@ci.beaumont.ca.us

nancygall@roadrunner.com

akapanicas@ci.beaumont.ca.us

Orozco is running for election in redrawn this November and he has been endorsed by several Democratic leaders in the Coachella Valley and in the Pass.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this report included an incorrect email address for Mark Orozco, which was distributed by Orozco. The email address has been corrected.

Mr C April 28, 2012 at 01:22 AM
I didn't know that patch of grass had a name...I'm down with honoring a local hero.
James McDonald April 28, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Great story...way to go! As a veteran I support the naming of the park after Michael Dahl Jr. Army Spc. Beaumont City Council...get the ball rolling.
Guy McCarthy (Editor) April 28, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Thanks for catching that Janet. It's a typo on the prepared statement, which is repeated in the BB Patch report. Mark's correct email is markslaws@yahoo.com
Guy McCarthy (Editor) April 28, 2012 at 05:38 AM
This news report is updated with the correct email for Mark Orozco.
James McDonald April 28, 2012 at 08:42 AM
www.change.org/petitions/beaumont-city-rename-oak-valley-park-for-army-spc-michael-dahl-jr
Ben Mason April 30, 2012 at 05:50 AM
Definitely name it after Mike, it's the least we can do.
Juan Gomez May 01, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Sgt Michael Dahl had only 3 weeks left to serve his country after to war terms, he was on his way to becoming a youth pastor I live by the park my kids play in this park we are honored and look forward to the name change ASAP City of Beaumont. Now why are we even signing a petition? Sgt Michael Dahl signed up served our FREE country and lost his life doing so no question there. When Sgt Joshua Palmer was killed the City of Banning changed 4th street proudly to Joshua Palmer drive come on now! Mayor Berg you are doing a great job I`m in hopes you take on this correctly and not politically sir I`m embarrassed that our community is even asking this question JUST DO IT. Moreno Valley, Fontana, Orange, Northern California communities and across the country have soldiers on their light poles now that is honoring our Hero`s America. Rest in Peace Sgt Michael Dahl you are our community hero

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