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Wildlife Officer William I. Wright, Jr.

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, North Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, October 31, 1948

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Reflections for Wildlife Officer William I. Wright, Jr.

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”

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Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 17, 2015

My mother was Annie Rue Hales and my father was Luke M. Hales. We resided in Beaverdam township in Cumberland County. We lived seven miles from Little Coharie community. My father owned L.M. Hales Grocery. On the Sunday morning that officer Wright was killed our neighbor came to the store early am on Sunday morning. My mother sold him three gallons of gas, a pack of cigarettes, and a small coke. He told my mother that he was going squirrel hunting and he left. Later on Sunday afternoon word came to us that officer Wright was killed near Little Coharie. My mother suspected that our neighbor was his killer. Several years went by and in 1954 hurricane Hazel landed on our coast and came up into our area and went through the entire state. Hurricane Hazel came through on Oct. 15, 1954 at 11 am until 3am. A week later there was a man who came to see the damage that hurricane Hazel caused. The man was from the Little Coharie community. He talked about the Wildlife Officer that was shot and my mother mentioned the name of our neighbor. The man new our neighbor and he told my mother that on the morning that the Wild Life Officer was killed that he was on the way to church and he saw our neighbor in his community and he wondered what he was doing in his community. My mother passed away years later. She told me that she was sure that our neighbor killed the Wild Life Officer. In the mid 1960's a contractor came to the store. The contractor was going to replace the Beaverdam run bridge and the Granny,s Branch bridge. He wanted to know if his men could buy food on a credit until each Friday, when they got paid. Daddy told me to write their names on a separate page. When, the men gave their names and after they left, my mother came over and put her finger on one of the men's name. She said, son that man was suspected of killing the Wild Life officer, but he did not do it. Our neighbor told mama he had to supplement his children,s diet and it did not matter that it was Sunday. Our neighbor was never the same man after that Sunday according to my mother. Eb Hales, Wilmington NC.

norank
friend of the family

June 16, 2015

I wish I had known you, Uncle.

Julia Wright Lewis

February 2, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the sixty-first anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer and NC native Larry Lasater

November 8, 2009

OFFICER WRIGHT, MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. YOU HAVE SERVED WELL. A HERO FOR SURE. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.

CHIEF RONNIE WATFORD-RET.
JEFFERSON POLICE DEPT,S.C.

October 31, 2007

OFFICER YOU GAVE ALL.YOUR NOT FORGOTTEN.

GILBERT DANIEL

May 17, 2006

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