After an attempted lake rescue in a state park in Highland County, an Ohio Department of Natural Resources officer named Jason Lagore died from a medical emergency Wednesday morning.
After falling through the ice Tuesday evening into the water at Rocky Fork State Park, a 16-year-old girl died, and a 13-year-old boy was hospitalized.
Fran and I offer our deepest condolences to Officer Lagore’s family and his colleagues at @ohiodnr. In honor of his life and service, I’ve ordered flags lowered on public buildings and grounds in Highland County, and at the Statehouse, Riffe Center, and Rhodes Tower in Columbus. https://t.co/kNPY5yXV4l
He was 38 years old and the teen girl was 16 years old.
Drowning Incident Full Details
Two individuals fell through the ice in the park shortly before 6:30 p.m., the television station reported, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
The girl died while she was able to swim to the shore with a 13-year-old boy. Paint Creek Joint EMS & Fire District Public Affairs Officer, Branden Jackman, told WCPO he was being treated for hypothermia.
Flag at half staff at Paint Creek FD for @ohiodnr’s Ofcr Jason Lagore, who died during an accident ice rescue at Rocky Fork SP. A 16 year-old female also died. pic.twitter.com/HcUmERWqWG
Lagore was taken to Highland District Hospital by first responders, where he died, ODNR spokesperson Stephanie O’Grady told WCPO. Lagopre worked for 15 years for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
“Our hearts are with the family and loved ones of Officer Jason Lagore, who died in the line of duty last night,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz.⁰Officer Lagore was responding to a call at Rocky Fork State Park on reports two people had fallen through the ice. pic.twitter.com/UJdecVjIp1
Mary Mertz, Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, said in a statement, “Our hearts are with the family and loved ones of Officer Jason Lagore, who died in the line of duty last night, Our law enforcement officers and their families carry a unique and challenging burden of responsibilities, and we are deeply grateful for their service.”
In honor of Lagore’s service, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at government buildings in Highland County and others in Columbus, WHIO announced.
Ofc Jason Lagore EOW: 2-23-2021 The OH Division of Natural Resources is mourning the loss of one of their own, 38yr old Ofc Lagore. Lagore died last night while trying to rescue 2 teens who had fallen into an icy lake. He was a K9 handler for 9yrs. He leaves behind a wife &2 kids pic.twitter.com/w6KvxLTdRb
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