An Ohio police officer died of an apparent heart attack on Tuesday night as he took part in a rescue mission to pull a 16-year-old girl from a frozen lake.
The teen also died by drowning after becoming trapped under the ice near a private dock at Rocky Fork State Park for four and a half hours before she could be rescued.
According to WCPO, she had plunged into the water to save her 13-year-old brother, who later managed to escape and raised the alarm.
Jason Lagore, 36, an officer with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, was among the first responders who rushed to the scene at around 6.30pm on Tuesday when a construction worker called 911 on finding the panicked 13-year-old.
The department said in a statement that the father-of-two suffered medical emergency shortly after the rescue attempt began and also fell into the water.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
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Jason Lagore (pictured), an officer with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, died on an apparent heart attack on Tuesday night as he tried to rescue a girl, 16, from a frozen lake
Jason Lagore is said to have suffered a medical emergency in the initial stages of the rescue. He is pictured above with his wife Michelle. The couple has two young sons
The 16-year-old also died after spending four and a half hours trapped under the ice
First responders tried to save him, and he was taken to Highland District Hospital in Hillsboro, but medical staff were unable to resuscitate him.
The Highland County Coroner said preliminary results indicate Lagore had a heart attack, WLWT reports.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The teens who fell into the water have not been identified.
According to Lt. Branden Jackman of the Paint Creek Joint EMS and Fire District, the 13-year-old was freezing and screaming for help when he was found by the construction worker.
'I'm at Rocky Fork. I had some little kid come up to me and said his sister's in the water dead,' the caller told 911, according to WLWT.
'He come running up to us saying, "Somebody please help me, please help me".'
Local EMS responded to the call alongside the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and dive teams.
The 16-year-old was pulled from the water unresponsive at 11pm. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The coroner said that she drowned.
'By the time our crews got there, she was under the ice,' Jackman told WCPO. 'After the fact, it turns out that she got him [her brother] out before she succumbed.'
Lagore had served for 15 years and was responsible for the first ODNR K-9 academy. He is pictured above with his wife, Michelle. The couple have two young sons
Officer Jason Langore (pictured) is being remembered for his work on the K-9 training program. He was well respected across the state for his expertise working with K-9s