The Oregon Governor’s Office announced today that Seaside Police Sergeant Jason M. Goodding has been posthumously awarded the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice by the Governor’s Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor. Sgt. Goodding of the Seaside Police Department was shot and killed while serving a felony warrant on Friday evening around 9:20 pm.
Governor Kate Brown will present the medal to Sgt. Goodding’s wife at the memorial service being held at the Seaside Convention Center on Friday, Feb. 12, at 1:00 pm.
Sgt. Goodding is the 183rd Oregon law enforcement officer to have died in the line of duty since the first was recorded in the 1880s.
Donations for the Goodding family are continuing to be accepted at the two following donation points:
-Through any U.S. Bank branch in Seaside or nationally. The memo line should read “for the Goodding family” and checks should be made out to the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation.
-Through the Oregon Fallen Badge website at oregonfallenbadge.com
100% of donations will be contributed directly to the family.
The Governor may award the medal in the name of the State to the family of a law enforcement officer who has died while performing his or her duties as a law enforcement officer or who was killed because of his or her employment as a law enforcement officer.
The Law Enforcement Medal of Honor and the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice were created by the Oregon Legislative Assembly and Governor through the passage of HB 2877 and is found within Oregon Revised Statutes 176.260 through 176.267.
The Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice was created at the request of multiple statewide law enforcement organizations, through the passage of Senate Bill 976 and became effective on January 1, 2012.
The governor’s commission has now issued the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice five times since the medal was established in 2012. Those honored include:
Seaside Police Sgt. Jason Goodding.
Oregon City Officer Robert A. Libke.
Eugene Police Officer Christopher Kilcullen.
Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter.
Department of Corrections Officer Buddy Herron.