Woodburn police chief injured in bank bombing retires

Scott Russell lost a leg in the 2008 bombing

The Woodburn Police Department as seen on their website, March 23, 2015
The Woodburn Police Department as seen on their website, March 23, 2015

WOODBURN, Ore. (AP) – After 13 years on the job, Woodburn Police Chief Scott Russell is retiring.

The Statesman Journal reports that Russell retired Friday. Salem police’s deputy chief, Jim Ferraris, has been hired to replace him.

Russell, who is best known as a victim of the 2008 Woodburn bank bombing, has been chief since 2002.

Russell lost his right leg in the 2008 blast that killed 51-year-old William “Bill” Hakim, an Oregon State Police bomb technician, and 51-year-old Tom Tennant, a captain in the Woodburn Police Department.

Since the bomb blast Russell underwent some 29 surgeries before he was fitted with a prosthetic leg, re-certified as a police officer and returning to the job.

Ferraris will be sworn in Dec. 14. Capt. Jason Alexander will be appointed interim chief until then.

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