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Hero Down: Union County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Matthew Kirrman Killed In Crash

Maynardville, TN – Union County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) Deputy Matthew Sullivan Kirrman died in the line of duty last Sunday after a single-vehicle crash.

The fatal collision occurred in the area of Possum Valley Road and Ailor Gap Road shortly after midnight on Oct. 9, the UCSO said in a press release on Monday.

The 27-year-old deputy’s vehicle veered off the roadway and barreled through a barbed-wire fence before coming to a stop in a field, WATE reported.

Police located his wrecked patrol car and found the young deputy deceased, according to the UCSO.

The series of events leading up to the single-vehicle crash were not immediately known.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are handling the ongoing investigation into the collision, the UCSO said.

The sheriff’s office said the death of Deputy Kirrman is a “tragic loss” for the department.

He graduated from the Walter State Police Academy in 2021, according to his obituary.

Deputy Kirrman served with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office prior to joining the UCSO, his department noted.

UCSO Deputy Andy Oliver said he and Deputy Kirrman became friends at the police academy and started working together as partners when Deputy Kirrman joined the department, WATE reported.

“I told it to his face, I tell everybody, there’s not a door I wouldn’t go through that I wouldn’t feel confident in Kirrman having my back,” Deputy Oliver said. “I’ve never had a better friend.”

Deputy Kirrman leaves behind his wife, Allison, as well as his parents and siblings, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his uncles, aunts, and cousins.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Kirrman family,” the UCSO said. “He will be greatly missed.”

A fundraising campaign established to help his family in the wake of their loss has raised more than $3,700 so far.

Deputy Kirrman was laid to rest on Oct. 15.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Union County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Matthew Sullivan Kirrman, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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