Officer James David Wright

Officer James David Wright

Portland Police Bureau, Oregon

End of Watch Sunday, January 21, 1923

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James David Wright

Officer James Wright died after contracting pneumonia while guarding the body of another man who had died at a Washington Street lodging house.

He was forced to wait in the cold for an extended period of time as he waited for the coroner to arrive. He died three days later.

Officer Wright had served with the Portland Police Bureau for five years. He was survived by his wife and 4-year-old son.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Thursday, January 18, 1923

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I just learned of you and your sacrifice two years ago. You are my great grandfather. I am grateful for your dedicated service and the legacy you left. I can't wait to meet you someday.

Ginny Hale
great granddaughter

November 16, 2019

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