Ohio LEO, teen die during incident at state park lake

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.

(c)2021 Springfield News-Sun, Ohio

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