Hero Down: Warsaw Police Officer Jason Dobbins Dies From Surgical Complications
Warsaw, IN – Warsaw Police Department (WPD) Officer Jason Dobbins died on Feb. 1, due to complications stemming from a heart surgery.
The 50-year-old, 16-year veteran-of-the-force had just started his shift on Jan. 24 when he began suffering from severe chest pain, WBND reported.
“At approximately 2:26 p.m., Jason contacted Central Dispatch stating that he needed an ambulance for an unknown medical problem,” Warsaw Police Detective Brad Kellar told the Times Union.
Officer Dobbins pulled his patrol vehicle over to the side of the road and waited for his fellow officers and emergency medical personnel to arrive.
He was rushed to the Kosciusko Community Hospital with a police escort, where the doctor recognized that he was suffering from a “critical heart condition,” Det. Kellar said.
Officer Dobbins was transported to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne by ambulance instead of helicopter due to poor weather conditions, the Times Union reported.
“Merely traveling to Fort Wayne was extremely risky in his current medical condition and the surgery that followed had a greater chance of a bleak outcome,” Det. Kellar noted. “However, Jason made it through the surgery and we were thankful and anticipating a long but successful recovery.”
But in the days following his surgery, complications arose.
“The Warsaw Police Department is shocked and saddened at the sudden course of events that have led to today’s heartbreaking news,” Det. Kellar told the Times Union.
Officer Dobbin’s law enforcement career began in 2004, when he joined the Plymouth Police Department (PPD), the WPD said in a Facebook post.
He remained at the PPD until 2012, when he was hired as a patrol officer with the WPD.
He followed in the footsteps of his father, Officer Ted Dobbins, who served the WPD from 1965 until 1985.
During his eight-year career with the WPD, Officer Dobbins primarily served on the afternoon and midnight shifts, according to his department.
He joined the Warsaw Dive Team in 2013, and was “one of the members always on call for any situation on or under water,” the WPD said.
Officer Dobbins was also a polygraph examiner.
Warsaw Police Officer Ross Minear said that he worked alongside Officer Dobbins for eight years, and that he trusted him with his life, the Times Union reported.
“He was always the guy that you could count on making everybody laugh with his quick wit,” Officer Minear said. “We had a lot of good times together. He was a very knowledgeable officer you could always count on.”
Fellow Officer Jordan Roberts said that he and Officer Dobbins were friends both at work and in their free time.
“If I wanted people to take anything away about him it’s that he was a good, hardworking person who would do anything for people he cared about and that he will be sorely missed by those who cared for him,” Officer Roberts told the Times Union.
Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer described Officer Dobbins as a dedicated officer who took his job seriously.
“It was quick and it was sudden and everyone is saddened by it,” Thallemer told the Times Union. “Our heartfelt sympathies and condolences go to his family. I know it’s been a very, very difficult week for them.”
Officer Dobbins and his wife, Kara, were just married in June of 2019, according to his obituary.
He also leaves behind his children, Hayden, Bayly, Jaylyn, Payton, and his stepson, Jake, as well as his parents, brothers, and many friends and extended family members.
Officer Dobbins will be laid to rest on Thursday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Warsaw Police Department Officer Jason Dobbins, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.