On April 2, 2009, just before local school campuses released their students for the day, Bridgeport Police Department was notified of a police pursuit traveling toward town on Highway 114. Bridgeport officers were dispatched to assist Wise County Sheriff’s Department with the high-speed pursuit. Sergeant Randy White, who was attending a meeting, immediately responded to assist his officers.
As the pursuit entered the East city limits of Bridgeport, Sergeant White, cleared traffic in the path of the pursuit. Sergeant White escorted a large truck and trailer from the lane of traffic to the shoulder of Hwy 114. Sergeant White was parked directly behind the vehicle on the shoulder, in an attempt to shield the citizens from danger.
The pursuit came to a halt after the suspect, Stephen York, intentionally collided into the rear of Sgt. White’s vehicle.
Sergeant White was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was survived by his wife, Janet and five year old daughter, Jayden.
This day will forever remind us of Sergeant White’s courage and dedication to protect the citizens of Bridgeport.