Deputy Sheriff William Jerold Zak

Deputy Sheriff William Jerold Zak

Bell County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, July 19, 1998

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William Jerold Zak

Deputy William Zak suffered a fatal heart attack after breaking up a fight and attempting to arrest the participants.

He was working a secondary employment job at a nightclub when he was informed of a fight in progress. He responded with another deputy and broke up the fight but collapsed immediately afterward and died at the scene.

The subject involved was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

Deputy Zak had served with the Bell County Sheriff's Office for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

arrest, fight call, secondary employment

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Deputy Sheriff Zak,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Bell County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 19, 2023

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