Teen, Ohio Natural Resource Officer die after incident at Rocky Fork State Park

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is reporting the death of one of its Natural Resource Officers.

Jason Lagore was responding to a report of two people who fell through the ice near the North Shore boat dock at Rocky Fork State Park when he suffered a medical emergency. Officer Lagore died at the hospital.

One of the teens who fell through the ice also passed away, authorities said.

Officer Jason Lagore, Courtesy: Ohio Department of Natural Rescources

Officer Lagore leaves behind a wife, two young sons, and his K-9 partner Sarge.

“Our hearts are with the family and loved ones of Officer Jason Lagore, who died in the line of duty last night,” said Ohio Department of Natural Resources (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.”

The incident happened around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

A 13-year-old boy had fallen through the ice and was unable to get out of the water.

He’s in stable condition.

Divers recovered the body of a 16-year-old girl.

ODNR is leading the investigation into the incident.

Governor DeWine has ordered that the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds in Highland County, and at the Ohio Statehouse, Vern Riffe Center, and Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus. Flags should remain lowered until sunset on the day of Officer Lagore’s funeral.

This order will run concurrently with yesterday’s order to lower flags in honor of the more than 500,000 Americans who died due to COVID-19.



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