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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
— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) February 24, 2021
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.
— Tom Bosco (@tomwsyx6) February 24, 2021
WHIO announced that the body of a teenage girl whose name was not released had been retrieved by divers hours after she fell through the ice.
Our Dive and Sonar team responded last evening to the tragic event where Officer Lagore died from a medical emergency….
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
— Lu Ann Stoia (@stoiawsyx6) February 24, 2021
Lagore was named by members of the Loveland Symmes Fire Department as the officer who died, WKYC reported.
Investigators have not said what kind of medical emergency Lagore might have faced, stating only that after the emergency occurred, he dropped from the dock into the water.
Blessed Are The Peacemakers
Natural Resources Officer Jason Lagore
Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Division of State Parks and Watercraft, Ohio
— National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) February 24, 2021
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
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
— K9s of Valor (@k9sofvalor) February 24, 2021