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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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I extend my sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Nathan died.

To the Van Oort family, fellow officers, and all who call Nathan beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Officer Van Oort gave to her community and the citizens of Ohio , and for the supreme sacrifice she and her family made on November 7, 2015.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
June 24, 2016


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