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Johnny Wright, founder of Forgotten Child Fund, dies

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Johnny Wright, founder of the Chattanooga Forgotten Child Fund and retired CPD officer, has died.

Clay Ingle tells Channel 3 that next year's Santa Train will be dedicated to Wright since this year's Santa Train is dedicated to Chattanooga's Fallen Five.

Ingle is the spokesman for the Forgotten Child Fund.

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Wright's death comes the day before the annual Santa Train event, scheduled for Thursday, Christmas Eve.

The FCF was started by Chattanooga Police Officer Johnny Wright after a patrol call in 1961. 

Wright and his partner, according to the Forgotten Child Fund website, were dealing with two drunken parents fighting while their young children watched.

As Wright worked to defuse the situation, he turned to the children and asked what Santa brought them for Christmas.

One of the children proudly showed Wright and apple and an orange.

That display prompted Wright to call several local merchants to open their stores so he could buy toys to provide the children with a proper Christmas.

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