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Woodburn police chief who survived 2008 bank bombing retires

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Woodburn Police Chief Scott Russell, file image Woodburn Police Chief Scott Russell, file image
WOODBURN, OR (KPTV/AP) -

The Woodburn chief of police, who survived a deadly bank bombing in 2008, is calling it a career.

Chief Scott Russell is retiring and his last day on the job was Friday.

Russell lost his right leg in the 2008 blast at the West Coast Bank that killed 51-year-old William "Bill" Hakim, an Oregon State Police bomb technician, and 51-year-old Tom Tennant, a captain in the Woodburn Police Department.

Russell was in a coma for a week following the bombing.

Since the explosion, Russell has undergone dozens of surgeries before he was fitted with a prosthetic leg, re-certified as a police officer and returned to the job.

Bruce and Joshua Turnidge were convicted of aggravated murder in connection to the bombing and were given the death penalty in 2010. They remain on death row.

Jim Ferraris, who spent nearly 28 years with the Portland Police Bureau, was hired as the new Woodburn police chief.

“Chief Russell has built up a great department through years of hard work and I hope to build on that and take the department to the next level,” Ferraris said in a release from the city of Woodburn.

Copyright 2015 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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