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ODNR Officers Recognized for Life Saving Actions in 2022 (Southwest)

ODNR is looking for the next group of heroes.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Recognized for their quick thinking and fast action, 12 Natural Resources Officers (NRO) were recently honored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for their life-saving efforts over the past year. ODNR’s officers are often the first to arrive on the scene of an emergency at Ohio’s state parks, forests, nature preserves, and waterways. 

“Our Natural Resources Officers are dedicated to keeping all Ohioans safe,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “I am grateful to these courageous men and women for their life-saving actions and their ongoing efforts to not only protect visitors, but to improve their experience each and every day.”

ODNR officers also routinely serve communities as first responders, especially in Ohio’s rural counties.  Two southwestern Ohio officers were recognized for their quick thinking and brave actions in 2022.

  • Natural Resources Officer Jon Deblo responded to a report of a woman yelling for help at Hueston Woods State Park. Upon arrival, he found a woman bleeding from major wounds. Officer Deblo applied tourniquets and slowed her bleeding which allowed for emergency personnel to respond. It was later learned that the victim had been attacked with a machete by her companion who was under the influence of drugs. 
  • Also, at Hueston Woods, Natural Resources Officer Aaron Brooks responded to a parking are inside the park for a suspected overdose. After discovering that a woman was experiencing an overdose, he quickly administered three doses of naloxone, and revived the woman. Officer Brooks then kept her stable until emergency services arrived.

Natural Resources officers are commissioned peace officers who protect Ohio’s natural resources. These highly trained law enforcement personnel patrol Ohio’s state parks, forests, nature preserves, and waterways to keep them safe for the enjoyment of all visitors.

ODNR is currently recruiting for the next class of Natural Resources officers. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 20, at this link.

The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft provides exceptional outdoor recreation and boating opportunities by balancing outstanding customer service, education, and conservation of Ohio’s 75 state parks and waterways.

The ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.