Ore. trooper dies of injuries from 2001 crash that killed 2 other LEOs

Sgt. John Burright had been retired since 2002

Duty Death: John Burright - [Salem, Oregon]

End of Service: 05/04/2021

By Suzie Ziegler 

SALEM, Ore. — A state trooper who was seriously injured on duty nearly two decades ago died last week, according to Oregon State Police. 

Police said Sgt. John Burright died May 4 from injuries he sustained in a crash that also killed two other law enforcement officers. 

On Sept. 4, 2001, the three officers had stopped to help a stranded driver along the interstate. All three officers were outside their vehicles when a passing driver – who had fallen asleep at the wheel – crashed into them, according to police. Senior Trooper Maria Mignano and Officer Jason Hoerauf were killed instantly, while Burright survived with critical injuries. 

“Although John has been retired since 2002, he and his family have always been in our hearts and minds,” the agency said. “John’s early death is a result of the traumatic injuries he received on the night of the collision and his death is designated as a line of duty death.” 

Burright was remembered as a courageous and dedicated professional, police said.


The Oregon State Police family is heartbroken by the loss of one of our own. Retired Sergeant John Burright passed away...

Posted by Oregon State Police on Wednesday, May 12, 2021


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