Raymond Wright began his career with Pasco County in the Road & Bridge department and ended it 28 years later, as a maintenance technician IV.
In between, he routinely went beyond his basic duties, to work longer hours and help others wherever needed, according to a resolution adopted by the Pasco County Commission on Feb. 8.
On one occasion, he was even called to help extricate a child whose hand was stuck in a pool skimmer — an incident that could have led to a terrible injury, or even worse, Commissioner Ron Oakley said, at the county board’s meeting.
The incident happened in 2018, according to the resolution.
A young boy in the Dade City area was playing around the family’s pool and the child’s hand got stuck in the pool’s skimmer.
“The child’s arm was sucked in, up to the elbow, and became lodged in the skimmer and was unable to be pulled out. The child’s parents called 911 and Fire Rescue was there within minutes,” the resolution says.
After they arrived, they determined they needed additional help and equipment.
“They placed a call to the Dade City Facilities Management office, and without hesitation, Raymond grabbed a jackhammer and headed to their location.
“Raymond arrived and instantly knew what needed to be done. Raymond began to strategically use the jackhammer to remove the concrete decking around the skimmer, while Fire Rescue kept the child calm. Together they were able to safely release the child’s hand and arm,” the resolution says.
It also notes that throughout his career, Wright proved himself “to be an invaluable asset to those he served daily, whether it be coworkers or citizens.
“His outstanding work ethic and positive attitude has earned him respect from all county departments, including Fire Rescue and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.”
The resolution also notes that Wright “worked diligently on many of the county’s buildings and structures” to keep everyone safe and healthy in their workplaces.
He also used “his proficiency in many trades” to handle jobs, the resolution added.
“His dedicated service did not stop after his shift, as Raymond also worked late nights and sometimes into the early morning hours while being on call,” the resolution says.
He was known for his dedication and the pride he took in his work, but also for “being a great friend” to his colleagues.
Wright officially retired on Nov. 30.
Oakley asked him if he’d like to say anything and Wright offered a brief response: “No,” then added, “Thank you.”
Wright may not have had much to say, but he must have left quite an impression.
When the clerk’s representative finished reading the resolution, the audience broke out in applause.
A mob of supporters also swarmed in — to share the moment with him — joining to have a ceremonial photo taken with Wright and the county board.
Published February 23, 2022