SEASIDE — When Jason Goodding joined the Seaside Police Department, he was one of the first recruits to train under Jason Schermerhorn, who was then a senior officer with the department. The two men met soon after Goodding moved to town, and their wives became fast friends.

Schermerhorn, now the Cannon Beach police chief, has worked with Goodding since then.

“He was a big family man,” Schermerhorn said. “He was a great volunteer for his daughters and other girls with basketball.”

Goodding’s family, friends and colleagues could always rely on him, Schermerhorn said. “And he just had a great sense of humor.”

“It’s certainly a huge loss for the law enforcement community, and for all of our families,” he said.

For those wishing to help support the Goodding family, donations can be made online through the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation website at

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