Thousands attend funeral for Ohio cop fatally shot on July 4

Officer Anthony Dia's family and colleagues spoke at the ceremony, honoring his life and work


By Suzie Ziegler 

TOLEDO, Ohio — Toledo officer Anthony Dia was shot and killed on Independence Day while responding to a disturbance call. His funeral, held at a local sports arena, drew thousands of people Tuesday, reported WNWO

Dia’s colleagues and family spoke at the ceremony, all commending his work and positive attitude. 

Toledo police officer Anthony Dia was shot and killed July 4, 2020 while responding to a disturbance call. (Photo/Toledo Police Department)
Toledo police officer Anthony Dia was shot and killed July 4, 2020 while responding to a disturbance call. (Photo/Toledo Police Department)

WNWO said Toledo Police Chief George Kral honored Dia with words from Dia’s shift commander, Lt. Joe Trudeau: "He took every assignment given to him in stride and completed it with the upmost professionalism. He always took time to say hi to people on the street, particularly kids, as he would let them sit in the seat of the police car and turn on the siren and take pictures with anyone asking." 

Just hours before he was fatally shot, Dia took time to pose for a photo with two boys while showing off his cruiser. 

Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz was also in attendance. 

"He was an officer just in the last two years. In other words, he chose to be a police officer knowing the environment that police officers face," the mayor said. 

Before Dia’s body left the arena, his final call was played, said WNWO. 

"118, tell my family I love them." 

Organizers then played the postmortem call. 

"Attention all units: Officer Anthony Dia, ID 2755, has answered his last call. From the entire family at the Toledo Police Department, Officer Anthony Dia, you and your family will remain in our hearts, thoughts and prayers." 

"Tony Dia, rest in peace. We'll take it from here," Detective Andre Cowell said at the end of his speech. "Long live Unit 118." 

 

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