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OSP Bomb Technician William Hakim's Name Added to National Bomb Technician Memorial Wall
12/11/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) Senior Trooper William Hakim's name was added Monday with the names of 14 others on the Bomb Technician Memorial during a special ceremony in Huntsville, Alabama. The memorial wall, located at the Hazardous Devices School (HDS) and dedicated in 2007, now displays the names of 15 bomb technicians whose lives have been lost.
Senior Trooper William Hakim Memorial Plaque 
Hakim, an OSP trained bomb technician, was killed in the line of duty December 12, 2008, when an explosive device detonated at a Woodburn area bank. The blast killed Hakim and Woodburn Police Captain Tom Tennant, and critically injured Police Chief Scott Russell. Hakim, age 51, was a graduate of the Hazardous Devices School, an FBI/U.S. Army facility at the Redstone Arsenal which is a world class facility where the nation's bomb technicians have been trained and certified since 1971.
 
A second bomb technician's name was also added to the memorial wall with Hakim's name. Lieutenant Michael C. Avilucea, also age 51 and a member of the New Mexico State Police, was killed May 30, 2008 in a single vehicle crash while returning from an explosive recovery assignment. Their names joined others who lost their lives dating back to 1909, including OSP Senior Trooper Richard Schuening who died October 2, 1997.
 
Hakim was an 11-year OSP veteran and a Certified Hazardous Device Technician with the Arson & Explosives Section. During his OSP career, he was also involved with the Oregon State Police SWAT team and taught other law enforcement officers about arson and bomb investigations. He is survived by his wife, Terri, and their 19-year old daughter and 17-year old son, who attended the HDS ceremony.
Senior Trooper William Hakim's family and OSP personnel 
Approximately 150 people joined family and friends at the memorial ceremony, including bomb technicians from around the country, military ordnance personnel and HDS staff.
 
Information about the HDS training facility is available on the FBI website at:
http://www.fbi.gov/page2/dec04/hds122004.htm (please note this is dated 12/20/04 and more than 18,000 students have now completed the 6-week training program)
 
A list of the names on the wail is available at http://www.rspservices.com/BTMF2.htm