Slain Dayton detective honored during Ohio Peace Officers’ Memorial

Detective Jorge DelRio was killed in the line of duty in November 2019

A Dayton police detective who was shot and killed in the line of duty in 2019 was among those honored Thursday during the Peace Officers’ Memorial in London, Ohio.

Detective Jorge DelRio was shot twice while serving a drug-related warrant as part of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force in Dayton. He died three days later on Nov. 7, 2019.

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The families and agencies of officers killed in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020 gathered near the Peace Officers’ Memorial wall, a monument that includes the name of every officer who died in the line of duty in Ohio.

“This monument ensures that their names and their memories are never forgotten as part of Ohio’s law enforcement history,” said Dwight Holcomb, Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy executive director.

Those officers did not become heroes on the day they paid the ultimate sacrifice, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said, but instead on “the first day they put on a uniform and accepted a badge with the risks associated with that duty.”

He asked that the family of those lost, especially younger family members to remember their loved one did a special, vital and heroic job.

“We know that victories over evil does not come easily,” Yost said. “We know that cost is high. We gather every May for the accounting of that loss.”

Yost also discussed criticism of law enforcement agencies and calls to abolish police departments.

While law enforcement is a human institution and therefore capable of making mistakes, it should not take away from the officers who serve and protect Ohioans each day.

“That does not make the mission of justice less important. It makes it more important,” Yost said. “We do not dishonor the victims of injustice by honoring the victims of justice.”

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The ceremony included the reading of the names of every officer who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020, as well as a helicopter flyover and bagpipe procession with cruisers and officers mounted on horses. An American flag with a black ribbon was unfurled in memory of each officer.

The annual ceremony honored officers who died in 2019 and 2020. Last year’s event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but families and agencies of officers who died in 2019 were offered a private ceremony.

Among those honored Thursday were:

  • William L. Brewer Jr., Clermont County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jorge R. DelRio, Dayton Police Department
  • Anthony Dia, Toledo Police Department
  • Kaia LaFay Grant, Springdale Police Department
  • Adam McMillan, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office
  • James M. Skemivitz, Cleveland Police Department
  • Dale J. Woods, Colerain Township Police Department
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The event also included three historical inductions:

  • Patrolman Charles William Giles, Ironton Police Department, End of Watch: Nov. 26, 1988,
  • Officer Claude McCormick, Oakwood Public Safety Department, End of Watch: Aug. 29, 1933
  • Special Policeman William T. Hyatt, Wellsville Police Department, End of Watch: Feb. 25, 1923

Sine 1823, 809 Ohio peace officers have been killed in the line of duty, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

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