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South Side HS Resource Officer passes away

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) -- South Side athletics officials tweeted Tuesday night about the passing of Officer Robert Nathan who served as School Resource Officer.

Officer Robert Nathan worked for the Fort Wayne Police Department for more than 30 years. Friends and family say he was a mentor, a father, and an overall inspiration to the community. 

His daughter Shana Nathan says her father had been sick for a while and Monday he passed in his sleep.  

"I told him that I loved him, he responded back and he said I love you too,” she said. “I truly was and am still to this day, a daddy's girl that man truly was incredible.” 

She says he served in Vietnam and eventually became a detective for the Fort Wayne Police Department. That led him to become South Side High School’s resource officer and the vice president of the athletic booster club. 

"I would hear a lot of, if he wasn’t for him,” Nathan said. “He kept them in check, and kept them on the right path, and it’s really meaningful to know I'm a part of that legacy.” 

Nathan says she hopes to follow in her father’s footsteps one day as she’s considering going into law enforcement and becoming a police officer just like him. 

South Side High School’s Administrative Assistant Eddie Nolan says he worked alongside Nathan for years. 

"Officer Nathan was a funny guy, always kept us laughing,” Nolan said. “Very protective of our kids and administrators here at South Side.” 

Nolan says he was a mentor to him and to each and every student in the school. 

“It was a pleasure having a man like that around, helping just mentor not just me but other adults and all the kids in the building,” he said. “He was a guy who gave his all to South Side and gave his all to the kids here.” 

Our condolences to his family and to the South Side High School family.

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Karli VanCleave

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