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Thousands prepare to honor Seaside officer killed in line of duty

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Sgt. Jason Goodding (Courtesy: Family photo) Sgt. Jason Goodding (Courtesy: Family photo)
Motorcade procession that will begin Feb. 12 at 10:45 a.m. at Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center and ends at the Seaside Convention Center, where the memorial service will be held. Motorcade procession that will begin Feb. 12 at 10:45 a.m. at Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center and ends at the Seaside Convention Center, where the memorial service will be held.
SEASIDE, OR (KPTV) -

Thousands prepare to honor the life of a Seaside police officer killed in the line of duty last week. 

Event organizers say so many people from all across the country plan to be in the small coastal town Friday, for Sgt. Jason Goodding’s memorial, they’re setting up multiple viewing locations. 

“This profession is a brotherhood and a family, and we want to give him and the community the best sendoff we possibly can,” said Detective Sgt. David Peterson with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Peterson is part of Oregon’s Line of Duty Death Response Team that’s organizing the procession and memorial services on behalf of Goodding’s family. 

It’s something Peterson says he does as his way of giving back.  His family almost lost him.

“In 2012, I was shot in the line of duty.  I was shot multiple times and nearly died, actually I did die once. It was a tremendous experience for me and my family. I came that close to dying.”

Peterson says he was in the hospital for six weeks, endured seven surgeries and had to learn how to walk again after he was shot. But, he’s here, and knows how lucky he is to say that at a time like this.   

“I just happened to be that one guy on that one shift on that one call, there’s nothing that separates me from anyone else,” said Peterson. “I think that’s the main reason thousands show up to support the family, because they know their next shift it could be them, you never know.”

Peterson says officers from as far away as New York and Chicago will soon be in Seaside to pay their respects to Goodding and his family. 

So many people, he says, for the first time ever the group is working to plan a service with multiple venues. 

It's a testament, he says,  to Sgt. Jason Goodding and his sacrifice.

“We just want the family to know they aren’t alone and to know they’re loved very much by the law enforcement community and community of Seaside as well,” said Peterson.

If you want to help the Goodding family during this difficult time visit: http://www.oregonfallenbadge.com/

Or, you can go to any US Bank across the country and donate in his name. 

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