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Sgt. Jason Goodding remembered as great father, friend and officer

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A first responder salutes the remains of Sgt. Jason Goodding at his memorial in Seaside, Oregon. (KPTV) A first responder salutes the remains of Sgt. Jason Goodding at his memorial in Seaside, Oregon. (KPTV)
SEASIDE, OR (KPTV) -

It was very special to see just how many people came to pay tribute to Sgt. Jason Goodding in Seaside Friday.

There were a lot of tears at his memorial service, but also laughter as they remembered Goodding and the many good times they had with him.

There is no easy way to say goodbye to a fallen officer, but first responders by the hundreds came from across the state and the country to support Goodding’s family and the Seaside Police Department.

Goodding’s memorial service was steeped in law enforcement tradition, but also filled with his vibrant spirit.

 “As we celebrate Jason’s life today, our tears of sadness are going to turn to joy soon real quick, because we will be reminiscing and telling all the silly stories Jason has become famous for,” Chief Dave Ham of the Seaside Police Department said in his eulogy.

The speakers at the memorial, all close friends of Goodding, had the large crowd crying and laughing.

Clatsop County sheriff Tom Bergin, Goodding’s next door neighbor, even put a cut out of Jason’s smile on the podium.

“He always made every single person he talked to feel like you were his best friend,” Bergin said. “There’s 1,600 heads in this place right now, I can see 11, 1,200 of them shaking their heads yeah… so true.”

They said Goodding brought out the best in others, whether it was playing high school sports in Sherwood or working as a police officer in Seaside for the last 13 years.

Governor Kate Brown awarded Goodding with the Oregon Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice, and presented the medal to his wife, Amy.

It was just one of the many fitting tributes paid to a man who loved being a police officer and who loved his family, friends and the Oregon Ducks.

Most of all, his friends said, Goodding loved his wife and his daughters, Joslyn and Jayden.

“He’s an example of what all fathers, husbands and police officers should strive to be,” Sgt. Ben Ward of the Oregon Public Safety Academy and high school friend of Goodding said. “He all loved you so much, continue to feel his love around you.”

The Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation has created a relief fund to help the Goodding family. Anyone interested in donating to the effort can visit OregonFallenBadge.com.

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