The memory of Sgt. Jason Goodding, the Seaside officer killed in February while on duty, will live on at Helping Hands in Tillamook.
By Jordan Wolfe
The Old Naval Command Center at the Port of Tillamook Bay, which houses the emergency homeless shelter and re-entry facility, was rechristened on May 28, as The Jason Goodding Building. The afternoon featured a ribbon cutting and flag-raise ceremony as well.
Gary Albright, director of the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, said, “To have one of the biggest buildings named after a police officer from Seaside is huge.”
After the dedication of the building, a flag was raised by the Boy Scouts.
“There hasn’t been a flag on that pole in 50 years,” said Alan Evans, co-founder and executive director of Helping Hands, “And it will come up and go down every day.”
He added that the flag raise and building dedication was a special day for Helping Hands.
“Jason came to our Seaside facility and wanted to know everyone’s story,” said Evans. “I am grateful for Jason. He saved my life 15 years ago, because he heard my story.”
In February, during a warrant arrest in downtown Seaside, Goodding was shot and killed.
Jason Schermerhorn, Police Chief of Cannon Beach and close personal friend of Jason Goodding, was on hand to receive a plaque honoring Goodding and the new building in which is name is dedicated.
“He died serving the people,” Schermerhorn said. “He had a huge heart and so much compassion for helping people.”
Evans added that the stories of people have changed Helping Hands since its inception. He said people need to not lose focus on what homelessness is, adding there have been more children than parents at their meals in the Tillamook facility.
Albright said that the Old Naval Command Center was, essentially, built overnight at the onset of World War II with the help of thousands of people.
“I’m trying to find the names of them all.”
However, Albright noted that the U.S. rushed the military out of the area once the war ended and the building was used for different purposes throughout the years.
With the new direction for the building, he said part of the idea is to save the historic past of Tillamook and to pay respect to, not just the military, but all uniformed services.
Albright added that the current need at The Jason Goodding Building is the replacement of all 91 windows.
Some people care about historic preservation. Some people care about homelessness.”
For more information, or to donate, contact Gary Albright at 503-801-7887.