By Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

WOODBURN, Ore. (AP) - Woodburn Police Chief Scott Russell will retire July 1 after 28 years with the department.

The Oregonian reports ( ) that 53-year-old 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.

Last year former police officers filed a federal lawsuit against the city and Russell alleging misconduct. A Woodburn spokesman says Russell’s retirement is not linked to the suit.


Information from: The Oregonian,

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