State Senate honors Jason Goodding

State Senator Betsy Johnson with the father and stepmother of fallen Seaside Police Sgt. Jason Goodding, Dean and Patty Goodding, after the Senate passes SCR 6, which honors Sgt. Goodding and his sacrifice.

The state Senate has unanimously approved a resolution recognizing and honoring fallen Seaside Police Sgt. Jason Goodding for his service to the state.

The resolution is sponsored by state Sen. Betsy Johnson.

The resolution will go to the state House of Representatives before signing by the governor, Seaside Police Chief Dave Ham said.

A law enforcement memorial road sign will be placed in Goodding’s honor and unveiled in May at the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial ceremony at the Oregon Public Safety Academy.

Goodding, who was shot and killed in the line of duty in February 2016 while attempting to make a felony warrant arrest on Broadway in Seaside, was recognized as “a mentor and leader who worked to improve the lives of homeless people in Seaside and who was loved and respected by his co-workers and the community he served.”

Goodding joined the Seaside Police Department in 2003. He was promoted to sergeant in 2007. After his death in the line of duty, he was awarded the Law Enforcement Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice, presented to his wife and daughters at the his memorial service in Seaside by Gov. Kate Brown.

The Senate resolution recalls Goodding’s “immense smile and his generous nature” and his “passion, dedication and diligence” to his role with police.

“It was an incredibly moving day,” Johnson said of the Senate’s reading.

Johnson, D-Scappoose, said she shared the message she delivered at last year’s memorial for Goodding. “It was a message I wanted the Legislature to hear and wanted the message in the legislative record,” she said. “Jason’s death is like a fresh wound. You could hear a pin drop in the chambers. It was a well-deserved tribute. But God, it must have been difficult for the parents.”

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