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UPDATE: Two Dead Including 16-Year Old in Frozen Lake Drowning in Highland County, Another in Hosptial


Highland – A 16-year olds body was pulled from Rocky fork state park in Highland County Tuesday night.

The Ohio Department of Resources said the girl was out there with a teenage boy when they fell through the ice around 6:30 p.m.

Paint Creek Fire Department said that the accident took place at a private dock on the North side area of Rocky Fork Lake.

The 13-year-old boy also fell into the water and attempted to rescue her but was unsuccessful. He climbed from the icy water and called for help. He was transferred to Highland District Hospital to be treated for hypothermia.

Shortly after the retrieval of the body, Highland county reported that the Ohio Department of Natural resources officer had died of a medical emergency. ODNR dive and sonar team responded to the emergency last night.

“Natural Resources Officer Jason Lagore died in the line-of-duty last night, responding to the Lake call incident call. We are deeply grateful for his service. Officer Lagore was a dedicated officer, having served 15 years with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He was responsible for the first ODNR K-9 academy, led the Division of Parks and Watercraft K-9 training program, and was well respected by law enforcement agencies across the state for his expertise working with K-9s. He leaves behind his K-9 partner, Sarge,” said ODNR.

Officer Lagore was responding to a call at Rocky Fork State Park in Highland County just before 6:30 p.m. on reports that two people had fallen through the ice near the North Shore boat docks. During the search, Officer Lagore suffered a medical emergency and was taken to Highland District Hospital in Hillsboro, Ohio, where he was pronounced deceased.