Former Mansfield officer who died of cancer laid to rest

State News

MANSFIELD (WCMH) — The Mansfield Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their own. Ryan Garner recently lost his year-long battle with cancer. 

Garner was a SWAT officer, and a K9 officer later in his career. He was the Mansfield Police Department’s officer of the year in 2015, and he loved animals. Captain Doug Noblet said he was a passionate officer, and a fighter. 

“He had a lot of friends on the police department so, (we) try to band together and just remember the good times we had with Ryan. He had a lot of fun. He really was able to put a little spark into a group atmosphere.

“He did have the passion, he enjoyed working out, whether it was boxing or mixed martial arts. He would be the guy I’d want going through the door with me.”

Garner leaves behind his parents, his sister, his older brother (a Columbus Division of Police officer), and friends. 

“He was a fighter,” Noblet said. “I mean really, physically before the cancer got him, that’s what he was very athletic, whether it was wrestling in high school or whatever. But then when the cancer struck, he fought hard and out lasted what the doctors originally had given him. So, definitely a fighter.”

Officer Garner’s family asks for donations to be made in his name to the Richland County Humane Society in lieu of flowers. 

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