Dayton Police Department Detective Jorge DelRio who was shot Monday night, Nov. 4, in the line of duty was taken into surgery to donate his organs Thursday morning, Nov. 7, and died afterward, police said.

DelRio, 55, was shot while executing a drug-related search warrant at a house in Dayton. His fellow officers loaded him into a cruiser and rushed him to the hospital in a frantic attempt to save his life. But his injuries were not survivable.

Police said DelRio continued to save lives by donating his organs, WKRC-TV reported.

DelRio left behind his wife, Kathy, five daughters, three granddaughters, and a grandchild, Chief Biehl said.

Four people have been arrested on charges connected to the initial drug bust and the shooting of DelRio, according to WHIO.

Nathan S. Goddard Jr., 39, is accused of firing the shots that critically injured Del Rio, according to police and federal investigators.

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl praised DelRio for his professionalism and decades of dedicated service to the community.

“His work had impact regionally, nationally and internationally,” the chief noted, WCMH reported. “He was that good at what he did. He loved what he did.”

DelRio’s work resulted in millions of dollars’ worth of drug seizures over the years, and his bilingual skills aided numerous investigations. He also was the recipient of seven written commendations, one unit citation, and two letters of appreciation during his illustrious career, the Journal-News reported.

Funeral plans for the 30-year police veteran will be announced at a later date.

 

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