Ohio LEO, teen die during incident at state park
Officer Jason Lagore suffered a medical emergency while trying to rescue two teens who fell into an icy lake
Duty Death: Jason Lagore - [Highland CountyNone]
End of Service: 02/23/2021
By Kristen Spicker
Springfield News-Sun, Ohio
HIGHLAND COUNTY, Ohio — An Ohio Department of Natural Resources officer died while responding to a rescue at a Highland County lake where two teens fell through ice Tuesday evening.
Officer Jason Lagore suffered a medical emergency while searching the lake at Rocky Fork State Park. He was taken to Highland District Hospital in Hillsboro, where he was pronounced dead.
"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. "Our law enforcement officers and their families carry a unique and challenging burden of responsibilities, and we are deeply grateful for their service."
A 13-year-old boy who fell through the ice was able to get out of the water and was transported to the hospital in stable condition. A 16-year-old girl was found unresponsive by divers. She was also taken to the hospital, but later pronounced dead.
ODNR is continuing to investigate the incident.
Lagore served ODNR for 15 years and was responsible for the department's first K-9 academy. He also led the Division of Parks and Watercraft K-9 training program and was respected across Ohio for his skill with K-9s, according to ODNR.
He enjoyed deer and turkey hunting, loved history and enjoyed vacationing with his family.
Lagore is survived by his wife Michelle, two young sons and his K-9 partner Sarge.
Sad news out of Highland County. ODNR officer Jason Lagore had a medical emergency and died while responding to a call. A 16 yo girl died after falling through ice at Rocky Fork State Park. A 13 yo boy was able to get out of the water and is in the hospital. 🙏 to all. @wlwt pic.twitter.com/fXwytlvXg0— Karin Johnson WLWT (@karinjohnson) February 24, 2021
Spoke to a ODNR investigator who set up a memorial fund for Officer Jason Lagore to help his wife and two kids. He trained K9s and was respected by agencies across the state. We’re hearing he died after suffering a medical emergency responding to teens who fell through ice @WLWT pic.twitter.com/3NAlCEpjJY— Megan Mitchell (@megan1mitchell) February 24, 2021
PERSPECTIVE:— Kelly Rippin WLWT (@KellyRippin) February 24, 2021
Without seeing it, you may have wondered why two teenagers would be out on the lake.
From @megan1mitchell's shot...you can see the snow on the lake is deceiving.
So sad. pic.twitter.com/xniBQsCGsJ
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