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Fallen Trooper William R Hakim

William R hakim

William R. Hakim
1957 – 2008

Mid-morning on Friday, December 12, 2008: a bomb threat was phoned in to the Woodburn, Oregon branch of Wells Fargo Bank. The responding officers determined the object was not dangerous and removed it. Later that afternoon an employee of West Coast Bank, directly next door to the Wells Fargo Bank, spotted a suspicious object in bushes outside of the bank and called for the police. About 5 PM Oregon State Police Senior Trooper William R. "Bill" Hakim, of the OSP arson and explosives unit; Woodburn Police Captain Tom Tennant and Woodburn Police Chief, Scott Russell took the object into the now evacuated West Coast Bank. The officers felt that the object was another hoax and attempted to open it. The bomb exploded killing Trooper Hakim and Captain Tennant and critically injuring Chief Russell and slightly injuring a bank employee. State and local police along with the FBI and agents of the federal ATF agency responded to the bombing and killings. A $35,000 reward was issued along with cautions that the perpetrator(s) were considered very dangerous.

Within three days two men, Bruce Turnidge, 57, and his son Joshua Turnidge, 32, were arrested on multiple criminal accounts. The two were convicted of aggravated murder and on December 22, 2010 were sentenced to death.

Bill Hakim was born in New York City, New York on August 31, 1957 to Victor and Suzy Hakim but the family, including his brother, soon moved to Spain, then to Italy and then to Mexico City where Bill began his secondary education. He completed his high school education in Texas and graduated from the University of Texas. Bill served in the United States Navy as an officer and an explosives disposal diver. After 12 years in the Navy he moved his family to the Northwest and joined the Oregon State Police in 1997. His initial assignment was in Klamath Falls. In 1999 he joined the arson and explosives unit of the OSP and was transferred to Salem. He was also a member of the SWAT team and was an instructor to other law enforcement officers on arson and bomb investigations. Bill enjoyed motorcycles, classic cars, the outdoors, building furniture and was a volunteer soccer coach. Bill was married in 1987 and he and his wife had two children. The memorial service was attended by friends and fellow law enforcement officers from all over the United States and Canada. He was buried in the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon.

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