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Remembering Fallen Officers - "Guardian One" Stops at Oregon State Capitol on Cross-Country Trip
04/29/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Family members, fellow law enforcement officers, legislators and others spent a few minutes Wednesday morning in front of the State Capitol building remembering the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers including two of Oregon's police officers killed-in-the-line-of-duty in 2008.
 
The wife and two children of Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Bill Hakim were present upon the arrival at 8:00 a.m. of a specially designed 2007 Hummer H3 wrapped in graphics to honor those officers who died in 2008. As it travels today through Oregon on the first leg of a 12-day tour, the vehicle named "Guardian One" left April 28th from Vancouver, British Columbia, as it travels over 5,000 miles until its destination in Washington, DC on May 10th where it will participate in the National Police Week events, May 10 - 16.
 
"Guardian One" made the special stop in Salem from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. across the street from the Oregon State Capitol in front of the Oregon State Police (OSP) General Headquarters. "Guardian One" is wrapped in law enforcement memorial graphics with the names of American and Canadian officers killed-in-the-line-of-duty in the last year prominently displayed on the hood. Included in the long list of names are OSP Senior Trooper Bill Hakim and Woodburn Police Captain Tom Tennant, both killed on December 12, 2008 when an explosive device detonated at a Woodburn area bank.
 
Prior to the Salem visit, the vehicle and its drivers, Sergeant Steve Gibson, Vancouver BC Police Department, and Mr. Craig Prystay, a life-long supporter of law enforcement, stopped Tuesday afternoon for special events in Clark County, Washington, and Woodburn where they were also met by family members, fellow officers and supporters.
 
At the respective Oregon stops the wives of Senior Trooper Hakim and Captain Tennant wrote special messages on the Hummer's hood next to their husband's names.
 
In its third year, the "Taser Foundation - Drive to Remember for Fallen Officers" is also scheduled to stop today at approximately 1:00 p.m. at the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety before it continues onward to Sacramento, California. Additional information about "Drive to Remember" including a list of other tentatively scheduled stops is posted on their website www.SaluteHonor.org.