When Cpl. Wright began his career with the Idaho State Police, Richard Nixon was president of the United States, the Oakland Athletics baseball team has just defeated the Cincinnati Reds to win their 6th World Series Title, and the Dow Jones closed above 1,000 for the first time.
After being hired in 1972, he was assigned to be a trooper in Twin Falls, Idaho. While serving there, Cpl. Wright was involved in a near-fatal car crash. In 1978, after completing a traffic stop, Cpl. Wright had returned to his patrol car when he was struck by a truck. The impact pushed his patrol car 330 feet down the roadway and severely injured Cpl. Wright. The driver of the truck was later found to be impaired at the time of the crash. Despite his injuries, Cpl. Wright later returned to work and served in patrol until he retired for the first time in 1999.
A short time later, Cpl. Wright rejoined ISP and served first as an armorer, traveling to each of the patrol districts and ensuring the equipment issued to each trooper was in safe condition. He later joined the ISP Fleet Services Section, where he worked until he retired for the second time, earlier this month.
During a ceremony held in his honor, Cpl. Wright thanked his family for their support and acknowledged the sacrifices families of law enforcement officers make. He also expressed his appreciation for his wife and how important she was to him.
ISP is fortunate to have people like Cpl Wright, whose dedication to the oath he took to protect and serve the people of Idaho spanned five decades. His unwavering belief in the value of service stands as an example for all who follow.
The men and women who serve with ISP want to wish Cpl. Wright and his family all the best as they start a new chapter in their lives.