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Oregon Police Officers Among Those to be Honored During Memorial Events in Salem and Washington, DC
05/01/2009
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Kevin P. Morison
Senior Director of Communications
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Phone: (202) 737-7134
 
Salem Event at DPSST
Eriks Gabliks, Deputy Director
Office: (503) 378-2332
 
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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During the month of May, family members, friends and fellow officers will be on hand for two special events in Salem, Oregon and Washington, DC to honor two Oregon law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty during 2008. In recognition of those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others, their names will be added to the national memorial wall in Washington D.C. As part of Oregon's ceremony, their names and those of two other officers who died in 1908 and 1958 will be added to Oregon's memorial wall.
 
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Oregon State Police (OSP) Bomb Technician William Hakim and Woodburn Police (WPD) Captain Tom Tennant were killed December 12, 2008 when an explosive device detonated at a Woodburn area bank. Woodburn's police chief was also critically injured in the blast. Senior Trooper Hakim, an 11-year OSP veteran, and Captain Tennant, a 28-year WPD veteran, died at the scene.
 
The sacrifice and service of Senior Trooper Hakim and Captain Tennant are being honored on May 7, 2009 during the Police Memorial Ceremony held at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. Senior Trooper Hakim and Captain Tennant will also be honored along with others from around the country who lost their lives in the line of duty during National Police Week, May 10 - 16, that occurs each year during the week in which May 15 (Peace Officers Memorial Day) falls, recognizing the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement.
 
"Senior Trooper Hakim and Captain Tennant made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the citizens of Oregon," said Governor Ted Kulongoski. "Their service to the community and to the state was exemplary and through this memorial they will always be remembered for their courageous and selfless actions."
 
Each year, Oregon law enforcement joins family members and friends in Salem to remember and honor the brave men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty. On May 7th at 1:00 p.m., four names will be added to Oregon's memorial wall with the names of 167 other fallen Oregon law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty since the 1880s. In addition to Senior Trooper Hakim and Captain Tennant, the names of Robert Riley (Reserve Deputy for Lane County Sheriff's Office when he died August 17, 1958 from injuries suffered in a traffic crash) and Samuel S. Young (Portland Police Officer who died September 23, 1908 after being shot by an unknown assailant) are to be added to the memorial wall.
 
Guest speaker Oregon Attorney General John Kroger will join John Minnis, Director of the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, to honor our courageous state troopers, county deputies and city officers.
 
During National Police Week, their names will be formally dedicated on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Memorial during the 21st Annual Candlelight Vigil on Wednesday, May 13, 2009. The Candlelight Vigil is one of many events honoring America's fallen law enforcement officers during the week. Sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), the event will begin at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) at the Memorial grounds, located at Judiciary Square, on the 400 block of E Street NW, Washington, DC. A reading of the newly engraved names on the Memorial immediately follows the ceremony.
 
"Seeing their names engraved on both memorial walls is a painful reminder of the loss of our brothers, partners, and friends," said OSP Superintendent Timothy McLain. "While they were here with us, Bill and Tom represented the highest standards of Oregon law enforcement. We know their families, including their OSP and Woodburn police æfamily', will be comforted by their names being included alongside the many courageous men and women who went before them."
 
Department representatives will accompany family members at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC. Fundraising efforts by the Oregon State Police Foundation and Oregon State Police Officers Association will help cover travel-related costs.
 
"The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial ensures that the service and sacrifice of heroes such as Bomb Technician Hakim and Captain Tennant are never forgotten," said NLEOMF Chairman Craig W. Floyd. "We honor them during National Police Week and every week and day of the year."
 
More information regarding National Police Week and NLEOMF is available on their website at www.nleomf.org/NPW2009.
 
For the first time, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) is teaming up with www.Officer.com to offer a free, live videocast over the Internet of the 21st Annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, during "National Police Week". Information on how to access the live videocast is available on the OSP website.
 
DPSST will make more information available to media regarding the May 7th Police Memorial Ceremony in Salem.