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Senior Trooper William (Bill) R. Hakim
August 31, 1957 - December 12, 2008
Senior Trooper William (Bill) R. Hakim
Senior Trooper William (Bill) R. Hakim
Lost In The Line of Duty
Oregon State Police Senior Trooper William R. Hakim, age 51, died in the line of duty as a result of a bomb explosion at a Woodburn-area bank on December 12, 2008.  Also killed during the incident was Woodburn Police Captain Tom Tennant.  Woodburn Police Chief Scott Russell was critically injured.
Following his birth in New York City, Bill’s family moved overseas to Spain and Italy where he attended elementary school.  In 1968, the family settled in Mexico City, where Bill began his secondary education.  After finishing high school in Texas, Bill attended St. John’s College in New Mexico and upon leaving St. John’s he enlisted in the United States Navy.  He finished his college education at the University of Texas in Austin.  While serving his country during his 12-year Navy career, Bill’s proudest accomplishment was becoming an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Diver.  Bill left the Navy in 1994 and moved to the Northwest to raise his family.
Bill joined the Oregon State Police in July 1997 and was assigned as a Patrol Trooper at the Klamath Falls office.  In 1999, he transferred to the Arson & Explosives Section as an arson detective and Certified Hazardous Device Technician.  He was also involved with the Oregon State Police SWAT team and taught other law enforcement officers about arson and bomb investigations.
Bill led an adventurous life, loved to travel, and was a passionate learner.  During his youth, Bill mastered the French, Italian, and Spanish languages.
He is survived by his wife Terri, two teen aged children, and his two dogs.  Other survivors include his brother, step-mother, many nieces and nephews, and a large extended family.