Friends, family and many members of law enforcement gathered outside Unity Hospital to greet Wright as he prepared to leave.
“It’s a horrible situation and it shouldn’t have happened but it’s good to see the brotherhood of law enforcement come together at a time like this and support Denny,” said Greece police chief, Patrick Phelan.
New York State troopers filled in for some Rochester Police officers, so they could be there to support their brother in blue.
Mary Jo Doran’s husband works in the Clinton section with Officer Wright. She said she’s seen this family of first responders first hand.
“These guys and girls have a very difficult job these days, they just go out to serve and protect and sometimes they’re the ones that get injured. So we’re happy he’s going home. We love you Denny,” said Doran.
Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary spoke moments before Wright’s release and talked about how officers and department members have leaned on each other for support since the attack. He said Officer Wright’s resilience through this whole process has been tremendous.
“Denny is a strong man, he’s held this for all of us and just to see his tenacity to get through this incident I couldn’t be more proud as chief of this department,” Chief Singletary said.
At a tribute outside the hospital for the officer on Thursday evening, Wright made an appearance to the fellow law enforcement officials and supporters.
The Rochester Police Locust Club released a statement Thursday on behalf of injured officer Wright and his family:
“I want to take this opportunity to thank the Rochester and surrounding communities for the outpouring support that has been given to my family and I. We are truly touched by all those who have reached out to us. To hear about everyone who has donated their time, food, or just simply sent a card, or said a prayer, has been uplifting and strengthened my resolve to rehabilitate and recover from the events of October 4th. There are no words that can describe how grateful I am for the love and support from everyone.”
It was the first statement from office Wright since he was stabbed multiple times during an altercation on Peck Street on October 4.
After recovering from surgery Wright was transferred from the hospital on October 14 to a rehabilitation facility for the next phase of his treatment.
In connection to the attack on Officer Wright, Keith Williams, 28 of Rochester, is charged with attempted aggravated murder and aggravated assault of police officer, charges he pleaded not guilty to last week. Williams was given no bail.
Williams has been involved with a number of crimes just this year and has been in and out of custody.
RPD deputy chief Mark Mura said a bystander helped when they saw the attack happening. That good Samaritan spoke to News 8 Monday about the intense moments leading up to and during the attack.
The Rochester Police Locust Club says they have received numerous requests to support Officer Dennison “Denny” Wright after he was assaulted last week.
The club has set up the “Denny Wright Fund” through Canandaigua National Bank. Donations are accepted at any bank branch.
Wright is a 20-plus year veteran of the force and is well respected for his community outreach, which includes dancing with Rochester City School District students in his wife’s classroom. Wright’s wife, Sonia Lagares-Wright, is an RCSD teacher who won a Golden Apple award in 2017.