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Seaside police officer honored by Oregon Senate for giving life in line of duty

Sens. Floyd Prozanski and Betsy Johnson honor Jason Goodding and three other law enforcement officers for their sacrifice

Sgt. Jason GooddingThe Seaside police officer who was shot and killed Feb. 5, 2016, was recently honored for his actions by the Oregon Legislature.

Sgt. Jason Goodding was honored by the Oregon Senate on March 9 for being one of four officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Democratic Sens. Floyd Prozanski of Eugene and Betsy Johnson of Scappoose, carried the resolutions to the floor of the Senate. A Seaside officer who grew up in Sherwood, Goodding was shot and killed Feb. 5, 2016, while trying to apprehend a suspect who had an outstanding felony arrest warrant.

"Jason Goodding reflected the very best in community policing," said Johnson, who carried the resolution recognizing Goodding forward. "Jason was the cop every town wanted to have on their police department."

Goodding attended Sherwood High School and graduated in 1994. He became a Seaside Police Department officer in 2003 and was promoted to sergeant in 2007. Recently, the school's football field was named in his honor.

Also honored during the event was Deputy Roy Hugo Dirks, who was killed on April 1, 1975; Deputy Carlton Edmund Smith, who died July 6, 1965 and Deputy Robert Milton Riley, who was killed Aug. 17, 1958.