The State of Oregon held its annual Fallen Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Ceremony today at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. More than 1,000 attended today’s event.
The State’s memorial honors 183 fallen Oregon law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty since the 1880s. This includes officers from city, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies who have served as law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and parole and probation officers.
Sergeant Jason Goodding of the Seaside Police Department was honored during today’s state ceremony. Sgt. Goodding was 39 years of age and on patrol with the Seaside Police Department when he was shot and killed on Friday, February 5, 2016, at approximately 9:20 pm in the 300 block of Broadway while taking 55-year-old Phillip Ferry into custody on a warrant tied to an earlier assault on a police officer. Authorities said Ferry fired one shot at Goodding, a 13-year Seaside police veteran. Another officer with Goodding returned fire. Goodding died later Friday at a Clatsop County hospital.
Sgt. Gooding, a thirteen-year veteran of the Seaside Police Department, is survived by his wife and two daughters. Chief Dave Ham of the Seaside Police Department spoke about his friend and co-worker during the one-hour program and included in his speech remarks provided by Sgt. Gooding’s wife and two daughters.
Officer Kenneth Henson of the Lakewood, Washington Police Department was the keynote speaker at today’s event. Officer Henson is active with the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and spoke about the tragic incident that took the lives of four of his co-workers.
Seaside Police Sergeant Jason Goodding (DPSST# 43017) is the 183rd Oregon law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty since the first was recorded in the 1880s.
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week (May 14 – May 20, 2017). Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. The Oregon ceremony is always held the week before the national events so that families and co-workers of the fallen can attend both ceremonies.
This year, the names of 394 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. These 394 officers include 143 officers who were killed during 2016, plus 251 officers who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now.