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Columbus police department suffers another loss

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 A 31-year veteran with the Columbus Police Department was found dead in his home earlier this morning.

Coroner Buddy Bryan says 51-year-old Vince Pasko was the officer found dead of a gunshot...no foul play is suspected.

This is the third death for the Columbus Police Department this summer.

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson talked with NBC 38 and says they are expanding grief counseling services.

"Vince was somebody I knew very well, worked with on pension reform. He was on our pension board. All three of these officers that we've lost this summer have been individuals who didn't just punch the clock. They served on committees and boards and things to make the lives and professional experiences of their colleagues better, and they've volunteered themselves time and time again. Vince did on the pension board and in so many different ways. He was sort of my "go to" person for issues on how things might affect public safety personnel," Mayor Tomlinson says.

Chief Boren spoke briefly with WLTZ this afternoon describing Pasko as highly intelligent and a loyal officer who will be greatly missed.

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