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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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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Police Officer Nathan John Van Oort, Sr. of the Ohio University Police Department, Ohio and the additional 67 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police
November 7, 2017

 

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