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Oregon State Police Dept. Patch
Resided: Albany OR, USA
Born: Oct. 28, 1959  
Fallen: May. 04, 2021
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 61 yrs. of age
Dept: Oregon State Police
3565 Trelstad Ave SE  
Salem, OR   97317   USA
County: Marion
Dept. Type: State/Police
Hero's Rank: Sergeant
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Traffic Accident
Weapon Class: Vehicle
Agency URL: Click Here
On The Job: 14 years
Bio: John Richard Burright passed away at the Mennonite Home in Albany, Oregon. His stay at the Home lasted nearly twenty years, the result of disabling injuries sustained in 2001 while on duty with the Oregon State Police.

John was born in Corvallis, Oregon to Kenneth and Helen Burright. He graduated from Crescent Valley High School in 1978 and attended Oregon State University before following in the footsteps of his father Ken and brother Dave, pursuing a career in law enforcement.

In the summer of 1983, he worked with the Benton County Sheriff as a reserve deputy and other security services, before being hired as an Oregon State Trooper. After completing police training he was first stationed in Roseburg, followed by Albany and finally in Salem as a sergeant.

John absolutely loved life and lived it to its fullest as a consummate athlete and outdoor enthusiast. He excelled in high school and community sports and also loved camping and fishing. In 1984 he married Rhonda Olson and they had 3 sons, Kyle, Jeremy, and Nolan. John cherished his family and enjoyed spending time playing with his sons and teaching them all the skills they would need to become athletes, outdoorsmen, and wonderful human beings, like their dad.

Those who have known John well have such fond memories of his love of and devotion to his family, his great sense of humor, and the kindness he showed everyone he met. His fellow athletes remember his amazing skills, coordination, his speed and strength in whatever he was playing, and always preferred to be on the same team and not an opponent. His athleticism, work ethic, and commitment to excellence also propelled him in the law enforcement career he loved so much.

John's desire to help others made him an excellent trooper for the Oregon State Police and he was a part of some great teams. John was one of Oregon's first DRE (Drug Recognitions Expert) students and then was certified as one of the first instructors in 1995, and was invited to teach at the second DRE School session. He was also a valuable leader of the MRT (Mobile Response Team).

Survived by:
and three sons

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location:   Albany, OR   USA   Tue. Sep. 04, 2001
Summary: Sergeant John Burright succumbed to injuries sustained on September 4th, 2001, when he struck by a vehicle near mile marker 243 on I-5 near Albany. Senior Trooper Maria Mignano and Police Officer Jason Hoerauf, of the Albany Police Department, were killed in the same incident while all three were assisting a family whose van had broken down.

Officer Hoerauf was on a ride-along with his mentor, Sergeant Burright, when the two stopped to assist the van. Trooper Mignano responded to the scene to back them up. While the three officers were standing on the right side of the van, which was parked on the right shoulder, a pickup truck suddenly swerved across a lane of traffic. The pickup struck the right rear of Trooper Mignano's patrol car, traveled along the other two vehicles, and struck all three officers. The driver of the vehicle was driving on a suspended license at the time and had fallen asleep while driving.

Trooper Mignano and Officer Hoerauf succumbed to their injuries at the scene. Sergeant Burright was flown to a local hospital in extremely critical condition. He suffered critical injuries that caused him to medically retire in early 2002. He remained under continuous medical care until succumbing to complications of his injuries on May 4th, 2021.

In December 2001, the man plead guilty to criminally negligent homicide and was sentenced to two days in jail and three years of probation as part of a plea bargain.

Sergeant Burright had served with the Oregon State Police for 14 years. He is survived by his wife and three sons.

In 2016 a street in Salem, Oregon, was named in Sergeant Burright's honor.

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