Police Officer Zachary Larnerd
Gainesboro Police Department, Tennessee
End of Watch: Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Tour of Duty: 5 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: January 3, 2015
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police Rick Larnerd
Gainesboro Police Department
400 East Hull Ave
Gainesboro, TN 38562
Phone: (931) 268-0416
Police Officer 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.
Officer 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.
Officer 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.
GAINESBORO — A Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy who was seriously injured in a wreck while responding to an emergency call last year has died.
Deputy Zachary Larnerd, 26, reportedly went into cardiac arrest at his home on Wednesday morning and was transported for medical assistance to Cookeville Regional Medical Center, where he later died.
Visitation for the deputy will be on Sunday, and his funeral is scheduled for Monday, both at the Jackson County Middle School.
Larnerd sustained serious and life-threatening injuries in January last year, when he lost control of his patrol car on York Highway and wreck while en route to a domestic dispute call.
The wreck happened as Larnerd was attempting to negotiate a curve at a high rate of speed. His patrol car went into a skid an left the roadway, sliding down a 17-foot embankment and coming to rest with the driver’s side pinned against a tree.
After the accident happened, Larnerd himself reportedly radioed to dispatch and told them what had happened, and a couple of citizens reported the accident around the same time as well.
Representatives of multiple agencies responded to the crash, and it took approximately two hours to extricate Larnerd from the wrecked patrol car.
According to reports, the deputy’s injuries included a bruised lung and several broken ribs, a broken hip, ligament damage to both knees, a fractured kneecap, and two broken legs, one broken above the knee and the other broken below the knee.
Larnerd’s medical care following the accident was extensive and included multiple surgeries and physical therapy.
Shortly following the crash last year, his friends and family anticipated that he would be out of work for six to nine months for his recovery.
A law enforcement representative told the Herald-Citizen this morning that Larnerd was on light duty but still suffering complications from the accident when he died unexpectedly on Wednesday.
“He was doing light duty and office work for 20 to 30 hours a week, but he had not been fully released by workman’s compensation to return to patrol. He was still having complications from last year’s accident, but this was unexpected,” the law enforcement representative said.
An official statement from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department says, “It is with very heavy hear that we report the loss of brother and friend Zach Larnerd.”
The statement comments on the deputy’s love of protecting people, and it was a love that he learned from family. Larnerd’s father, Rick Larnerd is the police chief in Gainesboro.
“There is an incredible responsibility when you wear a gun and badge as the tools of your profession. Zach not only lived up to that standard, he set even a higher bar for himself,” the sheriff’s department statement says.
“Zach left such a positive impression on everyone he worked with and the public he served. The city of Gainesboro and the county of Jackson are better because he served our community with pride,” it says.
The visitation for the deputy will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, at the Jackson County Middle School and from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, June 20.
Larnerd’s funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 20, also in the Jackson County Middle School.