Services begin Thursday for Clearcreek Twp police sergeant who died unexpectedly

Services begin Thursday for Clearcreek Twp police sergeant who died unexpectedly

WAYNESVILLE, OH (FOX19) - Services are set to begin Thursday for a Clearcreek Township police sergeant who died unexpectedly at home last week.

Visitation for Sgt. Larry Cornett will be 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Crossview Christian Church, 4237 E. Social Row Rd., Waynesville.

Masonic and Scottish Rite Ring services will immediately follow.

Sgt. Cornett's funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at the church.

He will be buried in Miami Cemetery in Waynesville.

Sgt. Cornett, 43, died Saturday and was found by his wife, authorities said. They have attributed his death to what appears to be a heart attack.

According to his online obituary, Sgt. Cornett graduated from Waynesville High School in 1993 and attended Otterbein University. He played football throughout his time at both schools.

He was the investigative sergeant with the Clearcreek Township Police Department. He also served as the union president for the sergeants under the Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (OPBA) and was a member of the Warren County FOP Lodge 103.

Sgt. Cornett was active with multiple events to benefit various charitable causes, most notably Special Olympics Ohio.

He was one of the original organizers of the Caesar Creek Polar Plunge, held each year in the frigid Caesar Creek Lake water during late winter with proceeds benefitting Special Olympics Ohio.

He was also the co-leg leader for Southwest Ohio for the Law Enforcement Torch Run and worked to raise money for Special Olympics Ohio through Tip A Cop and Cop on a Rooftop events.

In addition, he was a board member for the Warren County Children's Advocacy Center.

"A true family man, he loved his wife, and his face lit up whenever he saw his two young sons," his obituary states. "He was proud of his Masonic work, and he greatly enjoyed traveling throughout the area meeting fellow Masons."

"He also enjoyed being outdoors, supporting the National Night Out event, and winning the bet with his sister each year when the Buckeyes beat Michigan.

"He took his job protecting the public very seriously, and he often fought to defend those who could not defend themselves: children. Happy and outgoing, he was a friend to all who met him and was always willing to help others. He truly was a great man, and he is missed so much."

Sgt. Cornett is survived by his wife, Rachel (Howell) Cornett; two sons Bryan Christopher and Oscar Henry Cornett; his parents Larry M. and Theresa Cornett; and his sister, Tonya Cornett.

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