County honors service and sacrifice of law enforcement

By John Holler Correspondent

It seemed fitting that the May 15 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners fell on the date that is used annually to honor the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers.

Sheriff Joe Hagerty came before the board looking to have the board proclaim Wright County Law Enforcement Week. Seven law enforcement officers in the history of Wright County have lost their lives in their public service – Constable Charles Washburn, Sheriff John Nugent Jr., Marshall Rudolph Maurer, Sheriff Paul Kritzek, Sheriff James Kreitlow, Chief George Riti and Sheriff Roger Wrobbel – have all made the ultimate sacrifice. Hagerty said it’s been a long time since Wright County lost an officer, but hasn’t been completely random.

“We’ve had a long run without losing an officer in Wright County through violence, car crashes, anything like that,” Hagerty said. “We kind of make our own luck when we have real good partnership with the people we serve, which is very important for us. They’re watching out for us as well as us watching out for them.”

Hagerty introduced Sgt. Ryan Ferguson, who was there to honoring three individuals for meritorious heroism and quick thinking – two teachers from Monticello and a deputy in the sheriff’s office with special awards from the department.

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