Salute to Officer Lagore


By Tom Barr - tbarr@wnewsj.com



Many law enforcement vehicles line the parking lot at Bible Baptist Church.

Many law enforcement vehicles line the parking lot at Bible Baptist Church.


Many law enforcement vehicles line the parking lot at Bible Baptist Church.


Each ODNR vehicle displayed a black mourning band.


Many law enforcement vehicles line the parking lot at Bible Baptist Church.


Each ODNR vehicle had this tribute on the back window.


The Wilmington Fire Department provided the flag and crossed ladders tribute to Officer Jason Lagore Wednesday morning at Bible Baptist Church.


WILMINGTON — Services for Ohio Department of Natural Resources Officer Jason Lagore were held Wednesday morning at Bible Baptist Church prior to a procession to Miami Cemetery in Corwin, Warren County, where he was to be laid to rest with full law enforcement honors.

Many rows of law enforcement vehicles, including dozens from the ODNR, lined the large church parking lot as officers and other officials from across Ohio attended.

Lagore died Tuesday night, Feb. 23 when suffered a medical event after he entered the water at Rocky Fork Lake in an attempt to rescue a girl that had fallen through the ice. The body of Kearia Scott, 16, of Hillsboro was located later that night.

Lagore, 36, of Clarksville, was a 15-year veteran of the ODNR, based at Caesar Creek Lake State Park in Warren County. He was responsible for the first ODNR K-9 Academy and also led the Division of Parks & Watercraft K-9 Training Program.

He is survived by his wife, Michelle, two young sons, and his K-9 partner, Sarge.

Arrangements were by Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home, Wilmington. Contributions in Officer Lagore’s memory may be made to the Ohio Law Enforcement K-9 Association, P.O. Box 104, New Lebanon, OH 45345.

Many law enforcement vehicles line the parking lot at Bible Baptist Church.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/03/web1_DSC_0020.jpgMany law enforcement vehicles line the parking lot at Bible Baptist Church.

Many law enforcement vehicles line the parking lot at Bible Baptist Church.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/03/web1_DSC_0007.jpgMany law enforcement vehicles line the parking lot at Bible Baptist Church.

Each ODNR vehicle displayed a black mourning band.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/03/web1_DSC_0016.jpgEach ODNR vehicle displayed a black mourning band.

Many law enforcement vehicles line the parking lot at Bible Baptist Church.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/03/web1_DSC_0026.jpgMany law enforcement vehicles line the parking lot at Bible Baptist Church.

Each ODNR vehicle had this tribute on the back window.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/03/web1_DSC_0027.jpgEach ODNR vehicle had this tribute on the back window.

The Wilmington Fire Department provided the flag and crossed ladders tribute to Officer Jason Lagore Wednesday morning at Bible Baptist Church.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/03/web1_DSC_0034.jpgThe Wilmington Fire Department provided the flag and crossed ladders tribute to Officer Jason Lagore Wednesday morning at Bible Baptist Church.

By Tom Barr

tbarr@wnewsj.com