Ohio police officers killed in line of duty honored at ceremony

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost recalled the seven Ohio police officers killed on duty in the past two years.

LONDON, Ohio – Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, members of the Ohio Peace Workers Education Commission, and law enforcement officers from across the state gathered for the 33rd annual Ohio Peace Workers Memorial Thursday to honor the 809 Ohio officers who died in Ohio since 1823.

Yost recalled the seven Ohio police officers killed on duty in the past two years.

Among the names added to the memorial at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in London was Toledo Police Officer Anthony Dia. He was shot dead on July 4, 2020 while responding to a report from a drunk person in a Home Depot parking lot.

“The sacrifice that these brave men and women made to protect us all from harm can never be repaid in full. Therefore, it is our duty to honor them and never to forget,” said Yost. and they will forever be remembered as heroes. “


Thursday’s ceremony honored those who died in 2019 and 2020:

  • William L. Brewer Jr., Clermont County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jorge R. Del Rio, Dayton Police Department
  • Officer Anthony Dia, Toledo Police Department
  • Officer Kaia LaFay Grant, Springdale Police Department
  • Adam McMillan, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office
  • James M. Skernivitz, Cleveland Police Department
  • Officer Dale J. Woods, Colerain Township Police Department

Last year’s ceremony was canceled due to the pandemic. This year’s ceremony was attended with limited attendance, but a unified message from Ohio’s top police officer.

“We will forever keep the name, the memory, the story of your loved one here in this sacred place and remember the day you were the good guys who came,” said Yost.

Next year the name of Toledo Police Officer Brandon Stalker will be included on the memorial.

There were also three historical introductions during this year’s event:

  • Patrolman Charles William Giles, Ironton Police Department, End of Watch: November 26, 1988
  • Officer Claude McCormick, Oakwood Public Safety Department, End of Watch: August 29, 1933
  • Special Constable William T. Hyatt, Wellsville Police Department, End of Watch: February 25, 1923

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