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Officer Nate Van Oort

Photo courtesy of: Ohio University Police Department

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OUPD announces passing of Officer Van Oort


It is with a heavy heart that the Ohio University Police Department (OUPD) announces the passing of a dear friend and colleague, Officer Nathan (Nate) Van Oort.

Nate started at OUPD as a communication officer in April of 2000 and became a police officer with the department in August of 2002.

Prior to his time at OUPD, Nate attended New Tribes Mission Bible School, where he met his wife, Virginia (Swiger). Together, they continued studies at New Tribes Mission Cultural Studies and New Tribes Mission Language Studies. Nate also served in the Army and worked for the White House Communications Agency, as well as deploying in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was a valued member of the community, serving Porterfield Baptist Church for six years and Albany Baptist Church for twelve years.

Nate was severely injured in 2006 when he was struck by lightning while participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run. His family and friends wish to sincerely thank the law enforcement community, the Ohio University community, and the surrounding areas for their overwhelming compassion and support following his injury. Without that support an incredibly tough time would have been impossible to bear. Given that most of those who participated in events and donated money did not know Nate personally, their love and compassion demonstrates what a wonderful and caring community we have in Athens County.

A memorial service for Nate is planned for Saturday, November 14, at Albany Baptist Church (5315 State Street, Albany, OH). The church will open at 3 p.m. for visitation and fellowship, and the service will begin at 4 p.m.