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Nelsonville police officer dies in crash

NELSONVILLE — An officer in the Nelsonville Police Department died after a three-vehicle collision Tuesday afternoon while responding to a call.

Officer Scott Dawley and several other officers shorly before 2:30 p.m. were responding to a report of shots fired on the east side of Nelsonville, the police department said. Dawley and others were traveling east on Canal Street where he was involved in the accident at Canal Street and Rocky Boots Way near the Rocky Boots outlet store, the department said.

Dawley suffered serious injuries due to the crash and first responders started CPR on him at the scene, the department said. He was transported by Athens County EMS to OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital and was pronounced dead at the emergency room, the department said.

A driver in another vehicle was flown by medical helicopter to a Columbus hospital and the driver of the third vehicle sustained non-life-threatening injuries, the department said.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol crash investigation team is handling the investigation of the incident.

“This is a tragic event, and I can’t even begin to express how sorry I am for Scott Dawley and his family,” and asked for privacy for Dawley’s family,” Police Chief Scott Fitch said.

Scott Frank, Nelsonville City Manager, cited the death of a firefighter in May.

“This has been a terrible year for Nelsonville with this incident and the May death of a Firefighter. We have become even more keenly aware of the dangers of our public safety professionals must endure, but we all have hoped they would continue to be looked over and protected,” he said. “While another tragedy has stricken our City, I would like to ask the community to be respectful to the Dawley family and allow them to have privacy in this tragic time, and keep the Nelsonville police officers, especially officer Dawley in their thoughts and prayers.”

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