Sheriff to dedicate roadway to late deputy this week
Deputy Jeremy W. Meyst was killed on Christmas Eve 2013 while transporting inmates to Visalia Jail
TULARE COUNTY – Sheriff Mike Boudreaux will be dedicating a stretch of county road this week in honor of a deputy who was killed on the job nearly six years ago.
Sheriff Boudreaux will unveil the Deputy Jeremy W. Meyst Memorial roadway this Thursday, Sept. 5 during a ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Headquarters, 833 S. Akers St. in Visalia. The memorial will encompass a stretch of Ben Maddox Way (Road 132) from the Visalia city limits just north of the St. Johns River to Avenue 328 (Sequoia Home).
Deputy Jeremy Meyst was killed in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve 2013 when he crashed near Exeter while transporting prisoners from Porterville to Visalia. At about 2:39 a.m. on Dec. 24, the transport van was found on Road 204 (Spruce Road) south of Highway 198 near the Friant Kern Canal Bridge. No other vehicles were present. According to the California Highway Patrol, the vehicle collided with the cement guard rail for the bridge.
The impact ejected Meyst from the vehicle and caused trauma. Despite efforts by officers from the Woodlake and Exeter police departments, Meyst succumbed to his injuries after being transported to the hospital. Two inmates were still in the vehicle and received minor injuries and were transported to a local area hospital for treatment.
“I am heartbroken that we have lost a member of our Sheriff’s Department family,” Boudreaux said following the accident. “My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and all of our employees during this difficult time.”
Meyst was transporting two individuals who had been arrested and booked from the Porterville Substation to the Main Jail in Visalia. One inmate was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and the other was arrested on a DUI warrant.
Meyst was raised in the Visalia area. He was a 2001 graduate from Mt. Whitney High School and was hired by the Sheriff’s Department in October of 2004 as a Detention Services Officer. In April of 2006, he was promoted to Correctional Deputy. His last assignment was at the Sheriff’s Main Jail Facility.
Deputy Meyst is survived by his mother, Judy Meyst; his father, Gerald Meyst; his wife Sarah; and two sons, Joshua and Eric.