Honoring a fallen hero: Funeral Wednesday for ODNR officer who died trying to rescue teens from frozen lake

Honoring a fallen hero: Funeral Wednesday for ODNR officer who died trying to rescue teens from frozen lake
A funeral will be held Wednesday for a fallen Ohio Department of Natural Resources officer who died during a water rescue at a state park last week. Services for Officer Jason Lagore, 36, of Clarksville, will begin at 10 a.m. at Bible Baptist Church in Wilmington. (Source: ODNR)

HIGHLAND COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - The funeral will be held Wednesday for a fallen Ohio Department of Natural Resources officer who died in the line of duty trying to rescue two teens who fell into a frozen lake.

Services for Officer Jason Lagore, 36, will begin at 10 a.m. at Bible Baptist Church on Megan Drive in Wilmington.

Seating is limited, so it will be livestreamed.

Burial with full law enforcement honors will follow in Miami Cemetery, Corwin, Ohio.

Officer Lagore of Clarksville suffered a medical emergency at Rocky Fork State Park and fell off the dock into the water shortly after responding to the rescue effort the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Other first responders rescued him and he was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

One of the teens who fell into the water managed to pull himself out, but his older sister, 16, was trapped under the ice for several hours before a dive team spotted her.

She also was pulled from the water, taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

Officer Lagore was a 15-year veteran with ODNR.

He leaves behind a wife, Michelle, two young sons Fynn and Henry and his K-9 partner “Sarge.”

According to his online obituary, Officer Lagore was born April 12, 1984, son of Sharon K. Lutz Poole of Chillicothe, Ohio and the late Paul H. Lagore.

He graduated from Zane Trace High School and earned his associate’s degree from Hocking College in wildlife management.

Officer Lagore began his law enforcement career with the Mount Sterling Police Department and then began working as a Parks and Watercraft Officer with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in 2005.

He was currently assigned to Cowan Lake, Caesar Creek, and the Little Miami Bike Trail, according to ODNR.

In 2011 Officer Lagore began working as a K-9 handler and had been partnered with Ranger, who is preceded in death, and his last partner, Sarge.

He was responsible for the first ODNR K-9 Academy and also led the Division of Parks & Watercraft K-9 Training Program.

“He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and outdoor activities. Most importantly, he loved spending time with his family,” his obituary states.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Officer Lagore’s memory may be made to the Ohio Law Enforcement K-9 Association, P.O. Box 104, New Lebanon, Ohio 45345.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Jason Scott Lagore, please visit the website for Smith and Son Funeral Homes.

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