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ALBANY, Ore. – Numerous law enforcement vehicles proceeded up Interstate 5 Wednesday morning as part of a procession to the memorial service for retired Oregon State Police Sgt. John Burright.
Burright, 61, died in May as a result of traumatic injuries from 2001 when he was hit on the side of I-5 while helping a disabled driver. Another trooper, Maria Mignano and Albany police officer Jason Hoerauf also died that day.
The memorial service, which is open to the public, begins at 1 p.m. at the Salem Armory. The emergency vehicle procession from Albany to the Salem Armory preceded the service.
According to OSP, Burright worked in the patrol division supporting the communities in Roseburg, Albany and finally in Salem as a sergeant.
Police said Burright is considered to have died in the line of duty, meaning his family will receive all line of duty honors and death benefits. Burright leaves behind a wife and three sons. His information will placed on the Fallen Trooper Memorial and the State of Oregon Memorial Wall.