It has been a little over two weeks since Zach left an enormous void in the lives of those who knew and loved him. For the past 16 days, I have been trying to think of words which will convey my gratitude for the support given to me, Mary Beth, Cyrus and both our families. I still cannot.
Zach’s funeral services were a sight to behold. Though he would have been upset by the attention which put him in the spotlight, this young man deserved every second of recognition he received from the people he served and loved.
You expect to hear good things being said about a person during their funeral service. There was no shortage of them here. Words like, committed, deeply loved, competent, courageous, tenacious, tough, brave, understanding, and compassionate were just a few used to describe my son. These adjectives used to describe Zach were a spot-on-accurate depiction of who he was as a person. I will add that Zach Larnerd was a person any parent would be proud to call, son.
I have been in a very deep and dark place these past two weeks, searching for a light switch. I just can’t seem to find it. The glow provided by the overwhelming support has helped assuage my grief. I have received cards and letters of support from all over North America. From the Maine Game Warden Service and Vermont State Police, to the Secretary of Homeland Security, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania State Police and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
From innumerable law enforcement agencies up and down the East coast to those in the Heartland and beyond. The California Highway Patrol, Oregon and Utah State Police, and the Border Patrol in Texas. State and federal law enforcement agencies from Montana, Arizona, Illinois, Wisconsin, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, Washington, Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Wyoming, Massachusetts, Alaska, Colorado, Nebraska, Arkansas, Idaho, South Carolina, Michigan, New Jersey, Delaware, Florida, Texas, New York, Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico, Kansas, Connecticut, Oregon, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Kentucky, Alabama, Pennsylvania, and Ohio all touched us with support. We have received support from our blue family from as far away as Alberta and Ontario Canada and Sao Paulo, Brazil. None of these people ever knew Zach or me, yet they were touched by his sacrifice to the profession.
Please know that my gratitude for your support during this horrible time means more than I have the ability to convey.