COLERAIN TWP. (FOX19) - The Colerain Township Police Department held a ceremony Thursday to honor the service and ultimate sacrifice of fallen Officer Dale Woods on the second anniversary of his death in the line of duty.
It was held on the property Duke Energy provided for a memorial site in his honor at 7600 Colerain Avenue.
Police say the site has special significance. It is near the location where the veteran officer was fatally struck by a vehicle in January 2019.
The police department dedicated two items to remember Officer Woods’ legacy: A memorial stone and a wooden chair with his badge, name and “End of Watch” date.
After the chair was unveiled and dedicated at the ceremony, it was placed in the briefing room at the police department as a tribute to Officer Woods and to forever symbolize his seat in roll call.
Last year, Heritage Way was renamed Dale Woods Way to remember the hero and his sacrifice to the citizens of Colerain Township.
Woods, 46, died Jan. 7, 2019 three days after he was hit and critically hurt by a pickup truck at the scene of a previous crash on Colerain Avenue.
The father of three children worked 15 years each for the township’s fire and police departments.
In all, Officer Woods served Colerain Township, North College Hill, Lincoln Heights and literally all of Hamilton County as a dispatcher, dog warden, firefighter, or police officer, sometimes three at a time, according to his obituary.
Officer Woods and a lieutenant, Chris Phillips, rescued a blind woman from a residential fire in September 2018.
He also was recognized as a “Top Cop” for 2009 by the Southern Ohio Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD).