Officer Gunned Down July 4th Said “Tell My Family I Loved Them” Before Dying

Toledo Police tweeted Sunday:

The family of Officer Dia & members of the Toledo Police Department continue to be overwhelmed by the support of the community & nation.

These are just a couple photos taken at events in Toledo. Thank you to each & every person who has shown their support for Officer Dia

Per DailyCaller, an Ohio police officer uttered his last words to dispatchers after he was shot around midnight on July 4: ‘Tell my family I loved them.”

Toledo police officer Anthony Dia, 26, was shot and killed after responding to a report of a drunken man in a Home Depot Parking lot. Dia was shot once with a handgun after he tried to make contact with the unruly suspect, according to a Toledo Police Department press release.

“118 tell my family I love them,” Dia said, according to a transcript of the conversation with dispatchers reported by WTOL 11.

“I can’t copy,” the dispatcher responded. Dia repeated his message, according to the transcript.

WTOL reports a friend of a Toledo police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty Saturday morning has set a GoFundMe campaign for his family.

Officer Anthony Dia was responding to a call of a person intoxicated at the Home Depot parking lot in west Toledo when he was shot, according to police. He later died at Toledo Hospital.

Matthew Kleinert, who set up the campaign, has been in touch with Dia’s family.

“Share for helping the family of young Officer Dia. He leaves behind a big family and a big heart. (He was) a loving officer that treated his community as a citizen, (an) honorable person, not just the word ‘officer’,” Kleinert wrote in the campaign description.

The GoFundMe has a goal of $1,000,000. For more information or to donate to Dia’s family, click here.

In addition, an account has been set up at the Toledo Police Federal Credit Union, where donations can be made “In Memory of Anthony Dia.”

If you would like to send a card of support to the Dia family the Toledo Police Department has provided an address:

Toledo Police Department c/o Dia Family

525 N. Erie

Toledo, OH. 43604.