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Woodburn Officers Were Some of Their Agency's Most Experienced

Donations for reward offered in Woodburn Explosives investigation‏.

Capt. Tom Tennant and Chief Scott Russel
Captain Tom Tennant and Chief Scott Russel were both injured in an explosion Friday at a Woodburn bank. Capt. Tennant died from his injuries. Photos: City of Woodburn

(WOODBURN, Ore.) - Oregon's law enforcement community suffered a serious loss Friday when an explosion ripped through a bank in the city of Woodburn, killing two experienced police officers and seriously injuring a third.

Woodburn Police Department Captain Tom Tennant, age 51, died as a result of the explosion. He was a 28-year veteran of Woodburn Police Department was hired on September 08, 1980 as a Woodburn Police Officer.

Tom Tennant was promoted to the rank of Captain on November 1st 2004. Captain Tennant served as the Administrative Captain, overseeing both the Investigation and Records Divisions. Captain Tennant has served as a Police Officer, Patrol Sergeant, and Detective Sergeant. Captain Tennant is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Captain Tennant is survived by his wife and 2 daughters and a son ages 24, 22, and 17.

46-year old Chief Scott Russell is the officer who was seriously wounded Friday when the bomb exploded. He was hired with the Woodburn Police Department on August 22nd 1988 as a Police Officer. Chief Russell has served as a Patrol Office, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, and Deputy Chief. Chief Russell is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and is active in the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police.

Chief Russell is married and has two daughters ages 12 and 10.

51-year old Oregon State Police Senior Trooper William (“Bill”) Hakim also perished from wounds suffered in the explosion. Bill Hakim was an 11-year veteran of the Oregon State Police. He while performing his duties as a Hazardous Devices Technician.

Maroun County's Undersheriff, Jason Myers, says a number of citizens have approached the agency who have wanted to donate to the reward that is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

The amount is already $35,000.

Members of the Oregon State Police Officers' Association are in the process of establishing a reward account. Persons interested in donating to the reward are asked to call the Oregon State Police Officers Association at 503-393-6535. In the meanwhile, Highway 214 in Woodburn is now open in both directions.

Update: Arrest Made in Bank Explosion that Killed Two Police Officers

Previous reports on the fatal explosion in Woodburn:

Police Release Suspect Photos in Deadly Woodburn Explosion

Oregon State Police Mourn Death of Senior Trooper Bill Hakim

Police Officer Dies in Explosion at Woodburn Area Bank‏

Update on Serious Explosion in Woodburn that Injured Police

Explosive Device Blows Up Seriously Injuring Police in Woodburn (AUDIO)




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new2site December 13, 2008 6:56 pm (Pacific time)

My heartfelt condolences to the families. As I just take a moment to reflect, while looking at their pictures, they seem to be officers that held to something that seems to becoming extinct. To protect and to serve. I had a flat tire on the I5, and a senior officer was of GREAT help. He even got his hands dirty throwing my flat tire in the back of my truck. Senior officers, who know what freedom and liberty are about, are in high regard to this poster. I mourn with this loss.

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