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Friends, family remember slain Seaside officer during candlelight vigil

Sgt. Jason M. Goodding was a Sherwood High School resident

GAZETTE PHOTO: RAY PITZ - More than 100 family and friends gathered to pay respects to Sgt. Jason M. Goodding at the Sherwood High School Football athletic field Monday night. More than 100 family, friends and well-wishers poured into the Sherwood High School football stadium on Monday evening in a candlelight service to pay tribute to former resident and fallen Seaside police officer Sgt. Jason M. Goodding.

Goodding, who grew up in Sherwood, was shot and killed Friday night, Feb. 5, during an effort to apprehend a suspect with an outstanding felony arrest warrant.

What those gathered Monday remembered, however, was an upstanding man with a quick smile, who was an outstanding officer, husband and father as well.

Shortly before the vigil, former Goodding classmates and fellow Bowman football players – Glen Hester, Chris Hoff and Tom Pykomen – hugged, consoled one another and shared memories of their former teammate who was a stand-out athlete.

“He was genuinely liked by just about everybody,” said Hoff. “I don’t think I saw him in a down moment.”

Hoff described his teammate affectionately as a “gym rat” who excelled in football, baseball and basketball.

Pykomen said he recalled a young man who married his high school sweetheart, Amy, and was part of the Bowman team that went on to win the 1994 football state championship.

“I don’t think the kid had a mean bone in his body,” Pykomen said of the 39-year-old officer who was father to two children.

GAZETTE PHOTO: RAY PITZ - A table containing memorbilia from the life of Sgt. Jason M. Goodding was on display Monday night on the track next to the Sherwood High School football field.  During the vigil, one speaker said the conversation he remembers most distinctly with Goodding was how much he loved his job as a police officer.

Another speaker, Mark Gribble, described Goodding as a staple of the Sherwood community who went on to shine.

“He was a true friend,” said Gribble. “He was a guy that was ‘all in.’”

A police officer who once worked with Goodding said he was the kind of person you wanted to have with you during difficult calls. He recalled one such call involving a “hardened individual who liked to fight with cops” where the mere fact that Goodding was present proved to ease the situation. The officer said the contact didn’t escalate with that individual because the man respected Goodding.

Mayor Krisanna Clark expressed condolences to Goodding’s family as well.

“This is a huge lost to our community and to our family,” said Clark.

After the service, John Hackworth a retired teacher and former head Bowman football coach, talked with media, recalling Goodding and his wife Amy, who he met in the eighth grade, as “outstanding people.”

Hackworth periodically had lunch with Goodding when he visited the coast, calling him someone who loved football and possessed a “personality of magnitude” who was bent on making things right in his life and the lives of others.

“He was invested in Seaside,” his former coach recalled on a high note. “He had bought a new place and sent me a picture of Elk that were eating in his backyard.”

GAZETTE PHOTO: RAY PITZ -  John Hackworth a retired teacher and former head Bowman football coach, recalled the life of Sgt. Jason M. Goodding, calling him someone who loved football and possessed a personality of magnitude who was bent on making things right in his life and the lives of others. According to police, Goodding and an additional Seaside police officer made contact with Seaside resident Phillip Ferry at 9:22 p.m. Ferry apparently was known to officers there as having a warrant for his arrest. When Goodding and the other officer attempted to place Ferry under arrest for the felony assault warrant, Ferry resisted and the other officer deployed a taser to bring him under control, according to police reports. Ferry then fired a shot that struck Goodding. The other officer then shot Ferry. Both were transported to local hospitals and both later died. One local resident said Ferry grew up in Sherwood as well.

Sherwood police were out in numbers at Monday’s vigil as well, showing respect for an officer who died before his time. Capt. Ty Hanlon of the Sherwood Police Department said such events reach deep into the heart of the law enforcement community.

“The ripple effect is far and wide,” said Hanlon. “It shakes you to the core.”

Donations to assist the Gooding family can be made online through the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation website at www.oregonfallenbadge.com. Click on the "Donate to OFBF" link on the home page and enter "For the Goodding Family" into the memo line of the PayPal donation page.

A public memorial service has been set for 1 p.m. Friday at Seaside Convention Center.

GAZETTE PHOTO - Members of the television news media flocked to the Sherwood High School athlietic field Monday night to cover the candlelight vigil for Sgt. Jason Goodding.