Funeral services held for ODNR officer who died during water rescue


WILMINGTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Funeral services were held Wednesday for an Ohio Department of Natural Resources officer who died during a water rescue in Highland County.

The funeral service for Officer Jason Lagore was held at the Bible Baptist Church in Wilmington. The burial with full law enforcement honors followed at Miami Cemetery in Corwin, Ohio. 

ODNR said Lagore died due to a medical emergency while responding to a water rescue in Highland County on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

According to his obituary, Lagore began working as a Parks and Watercraft Officer with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in 2005. In 2011, he started working as a K-9 handler.

He was responsible for the first ODNR K-9 Academy and also led the Division of Parks and Watercraft K-9 Training Program. 

Lagore is survived by wife Michelle Lagore and two sons, Fynn Lagore and Henry Lagore.

A memorial fund was set up in Lagore’s honor. To donate, click here.

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