HBPD officer OK after run-in with wasps

Hazards come in many forms for law enforcement officers.

Ask any cop, or just ask Holmes Beach Officer Steve Ogline.

Ogline was checking properties — a service HBPD offers to protect property while the owner is away — near the north end of Holmes Beach Oct. 19 when he encountered a swarm of wasps.

He was stung once, according to Chief Bill Tokajer, but the swarm followed Ogline and, as he ran away, he sustained minor injuries in a fall and experienced chest pain.

Tokajer reported EMS responded and took Ogline to the hospital, where he was kept overnight “as a precaution.” He was released Oct. 20.

Tokajer said another officer was stung at the same property and the owner now has been notified to have the wasp nest addressed in order to continue the house check program.