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Fallen officer remembered in hometown of Sherwood

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Sgt. Jason Goodding (Courtesy: Family photo) Sgt. Jason Goodding (Courtesy: Family photo)
Crowd gathering at Sherwood High School to honor Sgt. Jason Goodding. Crowd gathering at Sherwood High School to honor Sgt. Jason Goodding.
People signing notes at Monday's vigil at Sherwood High School. People signing notes at Monday's vigil at Sherwood High School.
A scrapbook on display at Monday's vigil at Sherwood High School. A scrapbook on display at Monday's vigil at Sherwood High School.
SHERWOOD, OR (KPTV) -

Family and friends gathered together to remember fallen Seaside Police Sergeant Jason Goodding in his hometown of Sherwood Monday.

At a vigil held at on the Sherwood High School football field, where he played ball and graduated in 1994, people met with hugs and through tears.  They signed notes, shared stories and remembered brighter days.

“We want to thank you all for coming, and it’s made our family realize how many people that he reached out and touched,” Jason Goodding’s father told the crowd.  “He’s a special kind of dad, a special part of this community.”

Sgt. Goodding lost his life Friday night, when he was shot by a known criminal on a busy Seaside street.

But before he ever held a badge, Goodding grew up in the community of Sherwood holding a basketball and football.  He met the woman who would become his wife, Amy, in the 8th grade.

Former football players, coaches, friends and the Mayor of Sherwood all spoke at the vigil Monday.

A family friend read a written statement from Goodding’s wife, Amy, who was not in attendance.

“Your support and love of Jason means so much to me and my girls.  I would love to be [t]here and I hope you understand that this has been an overwhelming couple of days for us,” the statement read.  “I feel your love from Seaside and I appreciate your love for Jason more than you know.”

The hundreds of people in attendance Monday also remembered Sgt. Goodding with a moment of silence.

“I’m here for the people who loved him,” said Julie Gross, a friend of the Goodding family.  “It’s just tragic.  Just tragic.”

“You would see him walking through the halls – It was his sparkle, that’s what made him great,” Goodding’s former football coach John Hackworth said.  “His biggest impact is going to start from today on. People are talking about what he’s done, what his children will do, how important they are.”

“I grew up with both Amy and Jason in kindergarten, Amy was in my class,” former classmate Heather Hill said.  “[It’s a] very close knit family and community, so I just wanted to come and show my support for them.”

People who knew Goodding say the communities of Seaside and Sherwood have lost a great police officer and an even better person.

"He helped me through a lot. He helped with a place when I was homeless," said Courtney Riley.

Riley said she might not even be here if it wasn't for Goodding.

Goodding worked for Seaside Police for 13 years, but he was also a husband and father, a coach and a mentor.

"He helped my sons through a lot of troubled times. My kids were very troubled. He gave them good advice which now I have kids who have jobs and are doing good in school. So, he was a very good role model," said Melissa Garrett.

"We want [the people in Seaside] to know that here in Sherwood, where he graduated from high school, we want to send our love out to them and our support," said Sherwood Mayor Krisanna Clark.  “This is going to be a very difficult time for [Amy] and she needs to know that we are there for her and that we feel her loss.”

The loss was obvious among the huge crowd at a separate vigil for Goodding Sunday night in Seaside.  Locals say the community won't be the same.

"It's hard to believe this happened and it's going to be hard to walk around this town now knowing that he's gone," said Riley.

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