The Herald of Everett, Washington
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up | Manage  Green editions icon Green editions

Calendar


HeraldNet Headlines
HeraldNet Newsletter Delivered to your inbox each week.
Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Marysville mural honors firefighter Rudy Wright

  • Dozens gathered Saturday for the unveiling of a mural for Rudy Wright, a volunteer firefighter who was killed in an accident on I-5 on Nov. 3, 1970. T...

    Stephanie Price

    Dozens gathered Saturday for the unveiling of a mural for Rudy Wright, a volunteer firefighter who was killed in an accident on I-5 on Nov. 3, 1970. The mural shows Wright handing a baseball to a young player during a fire station tour.

MARYSVILLE -- A mural was unveiled over the weekend honoring Rudy Wright, a volunteer firefighter who died while on duty Nov. 3, 1970.
Wright, who owned Rudy's Recreation in downtown Marysville, was killed when a wrong-way driver crashed into an accident scene on northbound I-5. A tanker truck had overturned at the site.
Years later, the Little League baseball field at the 1000 block of Cedar Avenue was named after him -- the Rudy Wright Memorial Field.
Retired Marysville Fire District Fire Marshal Jerry Jacobsen was 18 at the time of the crash.
Over the years, Jacobsen realized that fewer and fewer people knew about the story.
"Time has gone by," Jacobsen said.
"It was great the city named the park after him, but we forgot that we have so many new people in town and many of them don't know who Rudy Wright was," he said.
The 7-by-12 foot mural, on the back of the third base bleachers, shows Wright in his firefighter gear handing a baseball to a young player during a tour of the fire station.
A plaque was installed telling the history of what happened.
On Saturday, Wright's daughter, Patty Pendleton, was one of dozens of people who attended the unveiling of the mural.
Pendleton gave the order to drop the cover of the mural.
A committee made up of of Jacobsen, Kay Smith, Joyce Savage, Greg Corn, Stephanie Price, Jim Shipman, Jeff Bilow, Coby Hamblin and Jim Ballew worked with Granite Falls artist Gene Waggoner to create the mural.
It was funded by the Marysville Fire Foundation, Marysville Firefighters Association and International Association of Firefighters Local No. 3219.
Mike Mulligan Construction installed the mural.

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus
digital subscription promo

Subscribe now

Unlimited digital access starting at 99 cents, or included with any print subscription.

HeraldNet Classifieds

HeraldNet highlights

Tulips in bloom
Tulips in bloom: Photo gallery: A rainbow of color in Skagit County
He was a devoted family man
He was a devoted family man: Stephen Neal was working in a home when the mudslide hit
'Blood moon'
'Blood moon': Lunar eclipse delights, at least where skies are clear
No longer alone
No longer alone: Lynnwood couple, 96 and 85, say it's never too late to wed