ODNR Officer Dies Responding To Lake Rescue

A teenage girl died after falling through the ice on a lake in Highland County and an ODNR officer responding to the situation also died.

Authorities say it happened around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Rocky Fork State Park.

A teenage boy was able to rescue himself from the ice and was taken to the hospital.

The 16-year-old girl was recovered by divers unresponsive and later pronounced deceased.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says Natural Resource Officer Jason Lagore died while responding to the call.

The ODNR says the 15-year veteran of the ODNR suffered a medical emergency during the search.

“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.”