LUBEC — Russell Wright, a 16-year veteran of the Maine Marine Patrol, has been promoted to sergeant for the patrol area that stretches from the Kennebec River to the St. George River. He replaces Dan White, who was promoted to lieutenant of Division I, covering the Midcoast and southern part of the state. As sergeant, Wright will supervise all patrol activities of six officers and specialists.
A Lubec native, Wright has served in Washington County since joining the Marine Patrol in 1999. In 2005, Wright was promoted to specialist, and given responsibility for operating and maintaining Marine Patrol vessels in Downeast waters.
Wright has received numerous awards and commendations, including Officer of the Year awards from the Maine Lobstermen’s Association Officer, the Downeast Lobstermen’s Association Downeast and the Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chief’s Association.
Sgt. Wright has also been recognized with numerous Marine Patrol awards for saving lives.
Several years ago, a woman stepped off her boat and fell into the water at the landing in Lubec. Luckily, Wright was nearby and able to pull her to safety.
Last year, Wright and Officer Brian Brodie were on the Lubec waterfront when an urchin diver’s boat capsized in the Lubec Narrows. The two were able to quickly rescue him from the turbulent waters.
Last December, Wright and Brodie rescued two urchin divers who were stranded on a ledge in Cutler after their boat capsized.
Other incidents include rescuing a man whose canoe overturned in the Whiting River in the winter and saving a father and daughter who got stranded in the winter on a ledge below the high water line on the Whiting River.
“Sergeant Wright has been an exemplary Marine Patrol professional throughout his career,” Col. Jon Cornish said in a statement. “Not only has he saved many lives by quick and skillful action, he has proven himself extremely effective with complex investigations and incidents.
“He is also an exceptional boat operator whose unparalleled navigation skills were critical in the dangerous waters of Passamaquoddy Bay. I am confident that he will bring the same high standard of professionalism to this new leadership position.”