Irondequoit 3rd grader befriends injured RPD officer

Jennifer Lewke
Updated: December 12, 2019 09:21 PM
Created: December 12, 2019 05:58 PM

IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester Police Officer Denny Wright, who was stabbed multiple times while responding to a domestic dispute in October, helped honor a little girl today who has helped him during his recovery.  

Bailey Clark is a third-grader at Laurelton-Pardee School in East Irondequoit.  


She’s always loved police officers. She writes them letters, collects their signatures and takes pictures when she meets new officers.  

Clark had never met Rochester Police Officer Denny Wright when she learned what happened to him. 

“I saw it on the news and it was all over the place so then I just thought to make a card,” she told News10NBC.  

But it wasn’t just any card that Clark made. She knew that Officer Wright had lost his eyesight in the attack. 

“So, we used puffy paint so he could feel around and he doesn't have to... So people don't have to read it to him, he can feel it,” she said.

Thursday was the first time Clark got to actually meet Officer Wright as he escorted her during the “Do The Right Thing” awards ceremony for outstanding kids in our community.

“I was a little nervous, because every time I meet a police officer, I get a little kinda nervous,” she told News10NBC.  

And this police officer is extra special. 

Bailey Clark is extra special too.  

Clark didn’t get the “Do the Right Thing” award for her kindness to Officer Wright, she got it because she won a bike at a bike raffle and ended up donating it to another child in need.

“I want to help people and see what it feels like,” she said.

Clark tells News10NBC it felt really good getting the award with her proud family and her new friend, Officer Wright, by her side.  

As for how she plans to continue helping others, “I want to be a police officer…What they do encourage me to do it because I want to protect them and everybody and it's just really cool what they do, to risk their lives for ours,” she said.

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