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Sergeant William Wright

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Sergeant William Wright

19 Feb 1863 William Wright 72

 D.O.D 18 Feb 1863

During the times of small pox, we had a few officers die from contracting it while on duty, One of these officers had to subdue a subject he knew to have small pox in order to keep him from spreading it to people in the community. As he was running around like a mad man, the officer tackled and subdued him, thereby contracting the disease and passing away from it himself. So the patrolman basically risked, and then gave his life to protect those he swore to protect. We'll try to find more on Sgt Wright, I know at one time we had more. One of the articles, that had one of the other two fallen officers, said, in addition to the officer they were reporting on, we lost two others to small pox. Sgt Wright and one of those other officers. Line of duty illness was largely ignored in the 1700, 1800 and early 1900s it should be if an officer dies from anything work related they should be honored and remembered, But the city doesn't, or didn't agree )they might just be coming around to it. I don't think all deaths are Medal of Honor worthy, but definitely all of them deserve recognition, and reemergence, After all had it not been for the job they would have lived a longer fuller life, So how can they be be ignored, the city's answer was that it used to come down to money. I am glad that even though it is late, we are able to give these men and women the recognition they, and their families' deserve. The site currently has more than 200 Fallen Officers officers that have died while on duty, or as a direct result of something duty related. We will keep researching our police and including the names and stories as we find them. If you know of an officer that passed away as a result of the job, send us the information and we'll research it and add them to the list of fallen heroes. 

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End of Watch             18 Feb 1863
City, St. UNK
Panel Number N/A
Cause of Death                Small Pox


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