Widows of 2 Clearcreek Twp. officers to receive U.S. flags

Sgt. Larry Cornett, 43, died in June 2018.

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Sgt. Larry Cornett, 43, died in June 2018.

Flags flown over the U.S. Capitol are to be presented today to the local police department and the widows of two officers who died in the past year.

U.S. Congressman Steve Chabot is expected to present the flags to the Clearcreek Twp. Police Department and the widows of Sgt. Larry Cornett and Officer Jerrid Lee during a ceremony at 10 a.m. at township offices at the corner of Bunnell Hill Road and Ohio 73 east of Springboro.

Police Chief John Terrill expressed appreciation for ” the continued acts of kindness from the community” and credited them with “helping our officers deal with the tragic loss of two of our own.”

“Cornett died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, June 2, 2018. He was a patrol officer, supervisor, and became the agency’s Investigative Sergeant. Larry was known by his coworkers as an officer who worked diligently to protect victims, especially children” according to a release.

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Lee was killed in a traffic crash on Jan. 28. He was an Air Force veteran who served in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. “He was a young police officer who aggressively sought to make our roadways safer by seeking out impaired drivers. Ironically, it was a suspected impaired driver who struck his vehicle that day,” according to the release.

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A moment of silence was observed at the Feb. 11 trustee meeting in Clearcreek Twp., the unincorporated area outside Springboro and south of the Montgomery-Warren County line.

Terrill said the flags were only the latest offering since Lee’s death, everything from a wooden flag to cards of condolence from as far away as the California State Highway Patrol.

“We’ve got cards from everywhere,” Terrill said.

This week, Terrill said Mission Barbecue in Deerfield Twp., Warren County — which emphasizes its support for police, fire and the military — delivered food to Lee’s family.

“It was tough for us. It kind of lifts you back up a little bit,” Terrill said.

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