Hero Down: Fallen Ohio Police Officer had Final Message for Family

Toledo Officer Anthony Dia
Toledo Officer Anthony Dia, 26, was shot in the chest just after midnight in the parking lot of a Home Depot, and later pronounced dead. He had joined the department in 2018, and leaves behind and a wife and two sons, ages 8 and 6.

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Jayme Dia, the wife of Toledo officer Anthony Dia, said he made the remark into his radio after being struck by gunfire outside of a Home Depot store early Saturday.

The 26-year-old cop was responding to a call about an intoxicated man in the store’s parking lot and when he “approached the male to check his safety,” that individual turned around and fired a single bullet from a handgun, police say, citing witnesses.

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“He bled out, pretty much.”

“They did what they could with lifesaving measures, but there was nothing they could do,” Jayme Dia told the Toledo Blade newspaper, describing how Anthony had been rushed to a local hospital by responding officers.

“The last thing he said over the radio was, ‘Tell my family I love them,’” she added.

“He lived for his family, and he loved, just loved, being a police officer.” 

Police say the suspect in the shooting, identified by the media as Edward Henry, fled into a wooded area and was later found dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

(Loved ones in metro Detroit are honoring the memory of a police officer and family man who was gunned down in the line of duty in Toledo. Officer Anthony Dia’s relatives in Dearborn are dealing with heartbreak over this incredible loss. They also want everyone to know, Anthony was a hero. Courtesy of WXYZ-TV Detroit | Channel 7 and YouTube. Posted on Jul 2, 2020.)

Toledo Police Chief George Kral said his death is a “sad day for the City of Toledo, it’s a sad day for the Toledo Police Department, and most importantly it’s a sad day for the family, friends, loved ones, and fellow officers of Ofc. Anthony Dia, who paid the ultimate sacrifice in protecting his city.”

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Editor’s note: Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Toledo Police Officer Anthony Dia, both blood and blue.

Thank you for your bravery in serving the citizens of Ohio. You will not be forgotten.

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