SEASIDE — Hundreds of law enforcement officers and first responders from around the state and country are coming to Seaside to pay their respects to Sgt. Goodding and his family today.
They and others who attend the memorial in person at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center or via webcast (http://bit.ly/1o8B1ex) will watch Gov. Kate Brown as she presents Goodding’s family with a flag and the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice.
Brown has commended Goodding for “always putting the safety of his community first. Please join me in keeping Jason’s family, friends, and the community of Seaside in your thoughts. His sacrifice will never be forgotten.
“I am again struck by how supportive and connected to Oregon’s law enforcement community is, taking care of its own,” Brown said Saturday. “In fact, I understand that many of the same law enforcement officers who answered the call to assist with the Harney County occupation are now in Seaside to help plan the services and provide additional patrol so members of the Seaside Police Department are able to grieve and pay their respects to Sergeant Goodding.”
Goodding died Friday after being shot serving a felony warrant in downtown Seaside.
The Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice was created in 2012 at the request of multiple statewide law enforcement organizations.
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, state Rep. Deborah Boone and state Sen. Betsy Johnson will also be in attendance.
The Goodding family has asked Johnson to serve as one of the memorialists, Johnson said.
After the shooting, Bonamici posted a statement on her website: “Tragically, a Seaside police officer was killed last night in the line of duty,” she said.
“Every day, police officers in Oregon and around the country protect our communities and safeguard our peaceful way of life. Sergeant Goodding gave the ultimate sacrifice to keep our community safe,” Bonamici continued. “Our thoughts are with his family, the Seaside police department, and the entire coastal community.”
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden sent a statement to The Daily Astorian.
“It’s always devastating when a police officer is killed in the line of duty and my heart goes out to Sgt. Goodding’s wife and two children for their irreplaceable loss,” Wyden said. “I hope they, and all those fortunate enough to have known Sgt. Goodding, know how much all of Oregon is thinking of them and remembering how much he accomplished in his life as a dad, husband, coach and very well-respected police officer.”
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley sent a message of support to the community.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this dedicated public servant,” Merkley said. “This is a terrible tragedy that has rocked this small community and there is no better way to honor Jason’s memory than by the community coming together to stand strong against violence.”
Brown ordered all flags at public institutions to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset today in honor of Goodding.
“Sergeant Goodding served the Seaside Police Department for 13 years, always putting the safety of his community first,” Brown said. “Please join me in keeping Jason’s family, friends, and the community of Seaside in your thoughts. His sacrifice will never be forgotten.”