Natural Resources Officer Jason Lagore Honored Posthumously | Community

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Natural Resources Officer Jason Lagore, who died in the line of duty earlier this year, has been honored posthumously by the Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Mary Mertz. The Director’s Award for Valor was presented to Agent Lagore’s wife in a small ceremony last week.

“In February, we lost not only a dedicated officer, but a loving husband and a devoted father,” Director Mertz said. “Because of his courage and bravery in the face of danger, no one deserves this honor anymore. I am proud of the work he has accomplished and the legacy he leaves behind.

Constable Lagore responded to a call on February 23 that two children had fallen through the ice at Rocky Fork State Park in Highland County. A 13-year-old boy was rescued, a 15-year-old girl died. During the search, Constable Lagore suffered a medical emergency and was taken to the Highland District Hospital in Hillsboro, Ohio, where he was pronounced deceased.

Agent Lagore served 15 years with the ODNR. He was an innovative member of the team, responsible for the first ODNR K-9 academy and leading the K-9 Parks and Watercraft Division training program. He was highly respected statewide for his expertise in working with the K-9s.

“For us, it’s not a job. It is a mission, a vocation. It’s a quicker way to get an answer to a mystery and tragedy for a grieving family.

When not proudly serving the ODNR, Constable Lagore enjoyed deer and turkey hunting, loved history, and enjoyed vacations with his family. He is survived by his wife Michelle, his two young sons and his K-9 partner, Sarge, who officially retired last week.

Earlier this year, the ODNR honored three other officers with the Director’s Award of Valor. Officers Jason Keller, Eric Lamb and Matt Roberts were recognized for their rescue actions after Ohio Wildlife Investigator Kevin Behr was shot while on assignment in December 2020.

The ODNR ensures a balance between the rational use and the protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website ohiodnr.gov

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