Ohio mourns the loss of Kirkersville Police Chief

(Courtesy: CPD)

Ohio Governor John Kasich has ordered flags at the Statehouse and at public buildings in Licking County to be flown at half staff in honor of the victims of the Kirkersville shooting.

One of the victims was Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric Disario. The married father of six, with a seventh child on the way, had only been in his position for three weeks before the shooting.

Law enforcement, politicians, and citizens shared their condolences as they learned the news.

Governor Kasich said, "Ohio mourns the loss of Kirkersville Chief Eric Disario, who died in the line of duty. Join me in praying for his family, friends and colleagues, and for the others injured in this tragedy."

Senator Rob Portman offered support to those affected by the shooting. In a statement he said, “Jane and I are heartbroken to hear of the death of Kirksersville Police Chief Steven Eric Disario, who was trying to keep safe the patients and staff at a nursing home in Kirkersville. We extend our deepest condolences to the Disario family and this community. As we begin police week, we remember the brave service of all police officers, who put their lives on the line every day to protect us. We hope that everyone will join us in lifting up the family of this heroic officer in prayer.”

Senator Sherrod Brown said, "Heartbreaking news. Grateful to law enforcement who responded to the scene. Thinking of the officer, officer’s family & all involved."

The Fraternal Order of Police in Ohio President Jay McDonald released this statement:

"This morning Chief Steven Eric Disario responded to reports of an active gunman at a nursing home in Kirkersville, Ohio and was shot by the suspect. He succumbed to the wounds at Licking Memorial Hospital. His brothers and sisters of the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio join me in mourning this loss, but we also celebrate Chief Disario’s service and quick action to keep others safe from harm. As we head into National Police Week and commemorate Police Memorial Day on Monday, we ask police everywhere to do what they can to stay safe and to remember Chief Disario as they respond to calls, rushing toward danger to keep their communities safe."

Fraternal Order of Police Licking County Lodge #127 President Mark Emde released the following statement about today's police shooting:

“Steven Eric Disario had been on the job as Chief of Police with the Kirkersville Police Department for just about a month when he responded this morning to reports of an active gunman at a nursing home. In responding to the call, Chief Disario exposed himself to danger in order to keep others safe. He was shot by the gunman and was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to those injuries. Chief Disario gave his life for his community and for that we will be eternally grateful. The Fraternal Order of Police will work to ensure that his sacrifice is never forgotten. We ask that you join us in praying for Chief Disario’s family and the community as they heal from this tragedy."

The Ohio State Highway Patrol honored Chief Disario by placing a black mourning band over their badge.

Columbus Police shared their thoughts on the fallen officer.

Citizens from around Ohio also mourned the loss of Disario.

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