CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Only one month in to 2019 and three officers died, two in the line of duty.
On Jan. 4, Officer Dale Woods was hit and critically injured by a pickup truck while in the line of duty. Three days later, he died at the hospital.
Officers say Woods worked as a Colerain Firefighter for 15 years before becoming a Colerain Township police officer.
"Dale was the kind of man who would break a window in a car to save a baby that was in a sweltering car and was going to lose its life, never expecting to hear a thank you but ironically getting the message of thank you from that child’s father one hour before he was struck Friday,” said Chief Mark Denney, Colerain Township Police.
Woods was buried at Spring Grove Cemetery’s Rose Garden.
He left behind family and other loved ones.
On Jan. 28, officer Jerrid Lee was in a head-on collision on Ohio 125 near Lindale-Mount Holly road.
Clearcreek Township Police say the 27-year-old died at the scene. He was on his way to the gym when a 2006 GMC crossed the center lane westbound and struck head-on to Lee’s 1997 Honda Civic.
“Officer Lee is survived by his wife and young children,” the Clearcreek Township Division of Police said in a statement.
Justin M. Watts, 31, was the driver of the GMC.
According to Clermont County officers, Watts was impaired and then arrested. His is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter.
Detective Bill Brewer was killed during a standoff in Clermont County on Sunday morning at Royal Oak Apartments.
As a result of the standoff, a fire broke out
Brewer was a 20-year veteran and died at Mercy Hospital in Anderson Township.
Police say they arrested 23-year-old Wade Edward Winn.
Officers are still investigating.