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Rudy Wright Memorial Field rededicated
MARYSVILLE — City officials, firefighters and Little League teams came together to rededicate Rudy Wright Memorial Field April 18, as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County announced their plans to open their doors on the same 10th Street property.
Marysville Mayor Dennis Kendall joined Marysville City Council members Jeff Seibert, John Nehring, Donna Wright, Carmen Rasmussen, Lee Phillips and Jeff Vaughan, as well as Marysville Fire Chief Greg Corn, out on the field, although in Kendall’s case, he was more over the field than on it. Kendall climbed into the Marysville Fire District’s hook-and-ladder truck to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to his grandson, David Glyod of Marysville, whose team, SME Electric, played the Walker’s Coffee team in the game that immediately followed the rededication.
For the Marysville Fire District officials and firefighters who attended the ceremony, the rededication of Rudy Wright Memorial Field holds a special significance, since Wright is the only Marysville firefighter who has died in the line of duty. In 1970, Wright was at the scene of a routine car-truck accident, at what was then Marshall Road and Interstate 5. Barricades had been placed to redirect oncoming traffic, while firefighters and volunteers hosed away spilled diesel fuel. A car driven by an Everett man crashed through the barricades and struck Wright, killing him instantly.
Marysville Little League officials presented Kendall and the Council members with a plaque in recognition of their continued support of the community, while players from both teams at the field that day presented the elected officials with signed baseballs.
The baseball field was part of the city’s purchase of the 10th Street School property. Charlie Cobb, athletic administrator with the new Marysville Boys and Girls Club, informed attendees that the facility, located at 1010 Beach Avenue, will be open Mondays through Fridays from 3-6 p.m. for ages 6-18. For more information, call Cobb or Luke Carpenter at 425-258-2436.