DAYTON, Ohio (FOX19) - Dayton will bid farewell Tuesday to a veteran Dayton police detective killed in the line of duty.
Detective Jorge Del Rio, 55, was with the Dayton Police Department 30 years before he was shot during a drug raid with a Drug Enforcement Administration task force Nov. 4.
He died at Grandview Medical Center Thursday, becoming an organ donor to continue his lifelong dedication to helping others even in his death.
Three men charged in his death are being held without bond. They are scheduled to return to federal court on Nov. 19 and face possible death sentences.
Detective Del Rio’s funeral was held at noon at the University of Dayton Arena, 41 Arena Park Dr.
Law enforcement officials from across the nation and state were in attendance, as well as elected officials such as Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Attorney General Dave Yost, community and city leaders, residents, business owners and others.
Also in attendance was Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac, who reflected on the loss that shook the Dayton community.
“We really want to celebrate the life of a true American hero,” said Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac, who also came to the funeral. “This is a time where brothers and sisters can come together and wrap our arms around his family and his policing family as well, just to show our support, that we also stand with them and we mourn with them in this loss.”
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine also attended and spoke at the funeral.
A procession carried Detective Del Rio after his funeral about 2 p.m. through Dayton and surrounding communities to Tobias Funeral Home in Kettering. Several streets in Kettering were shut down, and some schools including Kettering dismissed early.
The procession involved only law enforcement vehicles.
Here is the route from UD Arena, according to the city of Dayton:
- Northbound on South Edwin Moses to West Third Street
- Eastbound on West Third Street to Webster Street
- Northbound on Webster Street to East Monument Street
- Eastbound on East Monument Street to North Keowee Street
- Southbound on North Keowee Street to East Fifth Street
- Westbound on East Fifth Street to Wayne Avenue
- Southbound on Wayne Avenue to Wyoming Street
- Westbound on Wyoming Street to Brown Street
- Southbound on Brown Street/Oakwood Avenue to Far Hills Avenue (Route 48)
- Southbound onto Far Hills Avenue (Route 48)
- Far Hills Avenue (Route 48) to Rahn Road where the procession will conclude
Detective Del Rio was a member of a DEA task force since 2000 and worked as an undercover detective for more than 25 years, according to Dayton Police History Foundation.
“Because of the nature of his assignment, he worked in the shadows, earning little fanfare for the extraordinary successes he, and those who worked with him, achieve,” they wrote on Facebook.
Detective Del Rio was born in Mexico City, Mexico, raised in Chicago, Il., and lived in Dayton most of his life with his wife, Kathy, with whom he raised five “beautiful girls." They have three grandchildren with another on the way.
He is preceded in death by his mother and one of his daughters, according to his obituary.
A Go Fund Me account has been established to help Detective Del Rio’s family.
The “Jorge Del Rio Memorial Fund" has surpassed its initial $75,000 goal.
Now, fundraising stands at $83,133 from more than 1,100 donors.
Donations include $500 from “Tactical Crime Suppression Unit (TCSU) & Kettering PD VICE Unit”; $30 “From inmates at the Montgomery County Jail"; $100 from the Salem Avenue Peace Corridor, LLC; $100 from A and B Auto Parts in Trotwood and $500 from the Miami Valley Crime Prevention Association. DEA agents and members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol also contributed.
“Jorge will be greatly missed by all of his family, friends, law enforcement family and the community that he gave his life to protect,” his Go Fund Me page reads.
“He will never be forgotten.100% of proceeds will go to the wife and family of Detective Jorge Del Rio.”