On Feb. 5, 2016, Seaside Police Sgt. Jason Goodding was shot and killed while attempting to make a felony arrest.
His memory was recalled at a remembrance ceremony held in front of the Seaside police station Tuesday night, the third anniversary of the shooting.
“On behalf of the city of Seaside, welcome,” Lt. Bruce Holt said. “Tonight will give us all a chance to pause, reflect, appreciate and renew our belief that the things we do and say matter — even when nobody’s watching.”
Goodding was 39 at the time of his death and would have turned 43 later this year.
About 100 onlookers braved chilly temperatures as Holt, Seaside residents and members of the law enforcement community saluted placement of a wreath on the flagpole outside the station.
The musical lyric “Life is Good Today” by the Zac Brown Band provided a theme to celebrate the life of Goodding.
“It is time to positively impact those around us and become better,” Holt said. “People like this are ‘legacy.’ Your day is good even when you are near them.”
Goodding had those qualities as “a difference-maker” who could make life better for those around him, Holt said. “It did not seem to matter what the circumstances were, but by being around Jason, you felt ‘life is good today.’”
Among the crowd, Seaside Mayor Jay Barber reflected on the vigil. ”Doing this every year is a statement that we will never forget him. That is the commitment we make to all our officers, especially someone who pays the ultimate price.”