Del Rio’s shooting and death has sparked a huge outpouring of support for the detective, his family and loved ones and for a police department that has had to respond to a series of traumatic and tragic events this year, including a hate group rally, devastating tornadoes, a mass shooting and other violence.
The Dayton Fraternal Order of Police started a fundraiser to help support Del Rio's family, featuring a GoFundMe page that set a goal of raising $75,000. Within just four hours, people had already made nearly $10,000 in donations.
Del Rio is survived by his wife, Kathy, five daughters and three grand-daughters. Another grandchild is on the way.
The body of Det. Jorge Del Rio was escorted from Grandview Hospital by a procession of police vehicles to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office Thursday evening. Del Rio was shot twice and critically injured Monday evening while serving a drug-related warrant as part of a DEA task force. LISA POWELL / STAFF
“We request that community members hold his family, friends, colleagues and fellow law enforcement officers in thought, prayer, and heartfelt care,” Biehl said.
Law enforcement officials said Del Rio was as skilled at police work as anyone who has ever worn the badge and he undoubtedly saved countless lives by busting drug dealers and confiscating powerful narcotics that would have resulted in untold numbers of fatal overdoses. He spent the last 20 years as part of Drug Enforcement Agency task force.
That was the group that went into the house where Del Rio was shot as he went down into the basement. Four people were taken into custody after the shooting, and three of them are to appear in court this afternoon.
It was immediately clear on Monday night that Del Rio’s injuries were life-threatening. He was hit twice in the face by gunfire.
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On Wednesday, Biehl announced that Del Rio’s injuries were “tragically not survivable” and that his organs would be donated.
Shortly after the sun rose on Thursday, law enforcement officers from a variety of agencies across the county and region poured into Grandview, shoulders hunched against the crisp morning air.
Many arrived in pairs, some by themselves, some by the truckload, to wish Del Rio farewell.
At least two police cruisers were at the hospital all night long, as officers watched over their brother in blue. Lines of police cars were parked outside in nearly every direction.
A cold rain fell on agents and officers as they trickled out of the medical center after Del Rio went into surgery.
Some agents and officers hugged, others shook hands.
Mark Williams lives adjacent to the hospital and he was moved by the outpouring of respect Thursday.
Firefighters and others gather as the body of Dayton police Det. Jorge Del Rio is taken past the Dayton Safety Center on the way to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF
“What a tragedy and my heart goes out to that man’s family,” he said as he watched DEA officers enter the hospital.
Details about the organ donation were not immediately available, but a company spokesperson with Spirit Medical Transport LLC confirmed to WHIO-TV that they picked up donated organs Thursday at Grandview.
The spokesperson could not confirm if they were from officer Del Rio because they are not provided that information for privacy reasons. An official said Life Connection of Ohio handles tissue and organ donations.
Tina Reiter, who is on Judge Michael Krumholtz’s staff, was among a group of county staff who waited outside the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office to pay their respects as Del Rio’s body was transported in a special processional.
“When you lose somebody like that from the community, especially someone who has been doing it for so long and so close to retirement, it just compounds to the tragedy. Our sympathies truly go out to his family and the rest of the police department and everyone who is affected by it, which I think is the whole community,” Reiter said.
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Meggan Lanahan said she sees law enforcement almost every day because of her job with the county and has a great respect for them, which why she wanted to come out in her personal capacity to see Del Rio’s procession come in.
“I just have a great respect for law enforcement and they put their lives on the line and do things most people don’t have the courage to do, so I greatly appreciate it,” Lanahan said.
Law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdictions and departments gathered as Detective Jorge Del Rio was taken for organ donation.
A public visitation for Del Rio will be held at the University of Dayton Arena from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday. Funeral services will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the arena.
In honor of Del Rio, Gov. Mike DeWine ordered that U.S. and Ohio flags be flown at half-staff.
Flags will remain lowered at all public buildings and grounds in Montgomery County and the Ohio Statehouse until sunset on Tuesday.
Police officials and elected leaders from across Ohio said they were deeply saddened to learn that Del Rio had paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving his community.
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Del Rio spent his life tirelessly working to safeguard the community from dangerous drug trafficking organizations and his sacrifice will never be forgotten, said Keith Martin, DEA Special Agent in Charge with the Detroit Field Division.
“To lose such an extraordinary public servant is heartbreaking,” said Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein. “Let us all honor Jorge’s work by resembling the man that he was — compassionate, dedicated and committed to family and community.”
Dayton officers killed in the line of duty
Since 1880, 25 Dayton police officers have died in the line of duty, stemming from gunfire, crashes and other causes.
Dayton Det. Jorge Del Rio died Thursday from injuries sustained in a raid Monday night.
Here are the officers who died in the line of duty:
• Det. Jorge Del Rio, gunfire, Nov. 7, 2019
• Officer Mary Lynn Beall, Aug. 25, 2002, from gunfire sustained on May 15, 2000
• Officer Jason K. Grossnickle, gunfire, May 23, 1996
• Officer William Steven Whalen, gunfire, March 22, 1991
• Officer Eddie L. Hobson, vehicular assault, Oct. 11, 1981
• Detective Sgt. William Kenneth Mortimer, gunfire, March 4, 1974
• Patrolman Daniel Henry Bruns, gunfire, July 1, 1973
• Sgt. Paul E. Mortimer, duty-related illness, July 31, 1970
• Patrolman James Lee Mobley, gunfire, Jan. 25, 1970
• Patrolman Ronald K. Wells, gunfire (inadvertent), April 6, 1967
• Patrolman Richard Owen Baker, motorcycle crash, Nov. 5, 1965
• Patrolman Herman A. Drexler, gunfire, May 16, 1947
• Patrolman Sherman E. Nowlin, struck by train, May 3, 1947
• Detective Sgt. Lucius J. Rice, gunfire, Oct. 5, 1939
• Patrolman William Tom Wilson, gunfire, Feb. 23, 1928
• Patrolman Walter E. Rauch, gunfire, Dec. 25, 1927
• Capt. John C. Post, gunfire, Sept. 25, 1927
• Patrolman William C. Horn, gunfire, Sept. 18, 1927
• Patrolman George E. Clark, gunfire, Jan. 29, 1923
• Detective George V. Purcell, gunfire, Sept. 23, 1916
• Patrolman Charles V. Thomas, gunfire, May 21, 1916
• Patrolman John J. Stapleton, motorcycle crash, Jan. 17, 1916
• Patrolman William Dalton, animal-related, Aug. 10, 1899
• Sgt. Amer M. Keller, fire, Jan. 7, 1897
• Patrolman Lee Lynam, gunfire, Jan. 17, 1880
Services, including a public visitation, have been planned for Dayton Police Det. Jorge Del Rio, who died Thursday from injuries after he was shot twice Monday.
A public visitation will be held at the University of Dayton Arena from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday.
His funeral will also be held at UD Arena on Tuesday, now scheduled for noon to 2 p.m.
Thousands of law enforcement officers are expected to attend the services for the 30-year police veteran.