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Police Officer Nathan John Van Oort, Sr. | Ohio University Police Department, Ohio Ohio University Police Department, Ohio

Police Officer

Nathan John Van Oort, Sr.

Ohio University Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Saturday, November 7, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 17

Military veteran

Cause: Weather/Natural disaster

Incident Date: 6/22/2006

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Police Officer Nathan Van Oort succumbed to injuries sustained nine years earlier when he was struck by lightning while representing the Ohio University Police Department in the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The group of participants had stopped at a preschool, at 28841 Chieftan Drive in Logan, and were inside a picnic shelter when the lightning strike occurred. Other officers on scene performed CPR for 20 minutes until he was stabilized enough for transport to a local hospital. Several other officers and participants were injured.

Officer Van Oort never fully recovered from his injuries and passed away as a result on November 7th, 2015.

Officer Van Oort was an Ohio National Guard veteran and had served with the Ohio University Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife, four children, mother, and three siblings.

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Officer Van Oort, you gave of yourself in more ways than most of us ever will. Your commitment to your profession and your dedication to serving others, is a tremendous legacy we will respect and remember forever.

Tina Lewis Rowe
Captain, Denver Police Department (ret.)
U.S. Marshal, Colorado (ret.)
March 17, 2017

 

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