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Oregon Police Bid Farewell to a Fallen Brother (VIDEO)

The memorial service for Capt. Tennant was extensive and somber. People came out in icy cold weather to pay their respects for this officer who fell in the line of duty.
Service today for Capt. Tom Tennant
Photo by Q Madp

(WOODBURN, Ore.) - Captain Tom Tennant and Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Bill Hakim died Friday, December 12th, when an explosive device detonated at a Woodburn area bank.

Today, Captain Tom Tennant was laid to rest after a special memorial ceremony attended by hundreds. The two officers, along with Woodburn Police Chief Scott Russell and a bank employee, were involved in the explosion.

Russell suffered serious injuries and the bank employee suffered minor injuries.

The memorial service for Capt. Tennant was extensive and somber. People came out in icy cold weather to pay their respects for this officer who fell in the line of duty.

Our friend Q Madp of attended the event and filed numerous photographs that capture the feeling of this event where Oregon's law enforcement community had to say goodbye to one of their own.

Woodburn Police Department Captain Tom Tennant, who was 51 years old, was a 28-year veteran of Woodburn Police. He 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.

Senior Trooper Hakim's memorial service is still scheduled for Saturday, December 20th, at 11:00 AM at the Salem Armory on the Oregon State Fairgrounds.

The families of Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Bill Hakim, Woodburn Captain Tom Tennant and Woodburn Police Chief Scott Russell greatly appreciate the outpouring of prayers and support they are receiving from friends and citizens.

Donations in recognition of these Officers may be made at:

Any West Coast Bank branch in the name of:
Bill Hakim Fund
Tom Tennant Fund
Scott Russell Fund

Donations may also be mailed to:
West Coast Bank MS 143
PO Box 827
Salem, OR 97308

Donations may also go to any Wells Fargo Bank branch in the name of:
Bill Hakim Donation Fund
Tom Tennant Donation Fund
Scott Russell Donation Fund

In lieu of flowers, the family of OSP Trooper Bill Hakim requests donations to:
Shriners Hospital for Children
3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239.

Here is the video on Tom Tennant's Memorial Service, photos courtesy of Q Madp and Oregon State Police:


Previous reports on the fatal explosion in Woodburn:

Police Identify Second Suspect in Woodburn Explosives Investigation

Second Suspect Arrested in Bank Explosion

Suspect in Deadly Bank Blast Identified

Arrest Made in Bank Explosion that Killed Two Police Officers

Police Release Suspect Photos in Deadly Woodburn Explosion

Woodburn Officers Were Some of Their Agency's Most Experienced

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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Roberto,Domingo December 23, 2008 4:22 pm (Pacific time)

'm so sorry that this selfish act of terrorism from one angry, hateful person has so signficantly changed the lives of so many. My heart goes out to the friends and families, workers and law enforcement professionals who must now do the work of trying to move forward in the midst of unfathomable devistation. My heart goes out to each person impacted. My donation will be made anonomously, but nothing any one person can do will every heal the wound that this evil man has inflicted on so many. Robert

A First Responder December 20, 2008 4:48 pm (Pacific time)

To The Family of Capt. Tom Tennant: I will never claim that I can relate to what Police Officers go through on a daily basis, but I do claim to realize that I will never understand, I have not walked in their shoes. I won't walk in their shoes because I don't have what it takes to survive the emotional and physical trauma it can create. I can't imagine a world without Police Officers. We can take them for granted because people such as the officers who risked their lives in Woodburn and beyond are willing to accept the risk inherent in law enforcement. They are willing to wear the uniform and do a job that makes them targets for the kind of people we don't want to deal with. We all know that. Our world would be less dependable and our lives less tranquil if people like those brave men weren't there when we called. We all know that, too. Saying "thank you" hardly seems adequate. But it is worth saying. Worth remembering. From the appreciative citizens of the world, please allow me to offer a most sincere, Thank You! Thank you for giving your life to save ours!

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