On December 7, 2009, Oregon State Police Senior Trooper William Hakim and New Mexico State Police Lieutenant Michael C. Avilucea’s names were formally added to the National Bomb Technician Memorial in Huntsville, AL. Over 150 friends and family attended the ceremony.
Senior Trooper Hakim was killed on December 12, 2008, by an explosive device at a bank that also killed Woodburn (OR) Police Captain Tom Tennant and seriously injured Police Chief Scott Russell.
Senior Trooper Hakim left behind a wife, Terri, a 19-year old daughter and a 17-year old son. He was 51 years old and was an 11-year OSP veteran.
Lieutenant Avilucea was also 51-years old. He was killed in a vehicle crash on his way from an explosive recovery assignment on May 30, 2008. The names of these fallen heroes were added this past spring to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC.
There are now 15 fallen bomb specialists on the Bomb Technician Memorial. To view pictures from the Memorial and the recent ceremony, please visit: http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/NEWSRL/news/12_11_2009_hdsmemorial_hakim.shtml.