Deputy Sheriff Zachary Tyler Larnerd

Deputy Sheriff Zachary Tyler Larnerd

Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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Zachary Tyler Larnerd

Deputy Sheriff Zach Larnerd died as the result of injuries sustained in a vehicle crash on January 3rd, 2015.

He was responding to a domestic violence call when his patrol car left the roadway and went down a 17-foot embankment as he attempted to negotiate a curve on York Highway. The vehicle struck a tree, collapsing its into the driver's seat and trapping him inside. Rescue crews were able to extricate him after two hours and transport him to a local hospital.

Deputy Larnerd was eventually able to return to light duty but his health continued to suffer. He passed away on June 15th, 2016, from complications of the original injuries.

Deputy Larnerd was a part-time officer with the Gainesboro Police Department and also served as a full time deputy with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department. He had previously served with the Alleghany County, Virginia, Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his father, who serves as the Gainesboro Police Department's police chief.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 4416

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Saturday, January 3, 2015

domestic, single vehicle crash

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What a beautiful soul. Your face fills my heart with joy and I could not be prouder of the man you became. I rest easier at night knowing you died doing what you love brother!

I do not pretend to understand the ways of God but I find great peace in this quote;

“Things that hurt and things that mar
Shape the man for perfect praise
Shock and strain and ruin are
Friendlier than the smiling days.”

There are no highs of love or joy without grief and loss. I find beauty in life knowing there are angels like you. Your service, compassion and love give me strength. Far more strength than I could ever conjure in a life devoid of pain.

Rest easy brother! You will hear my prayers!

Morgan Hermick

March 9, 2021

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