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Hero Down: Washoe County Sheriff’s Deputy Jarett Oroszi Dies After Medical Emergency

Washoe County, NV – Washoe County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) Deputy Jarett Oroszi died on Feb. 17 after suffering a medical emergency at his home, according to his department.

Deputy Oroszi, known as “Motor 17,” had just returned home from work when he suffered a sudden medical event, his department said in a Facebook post the following evening.

The medical emergency “tragically took his life,” according to the WCSO.

Deputy Oroszi’s exact cause of death was not released.

After serving as a civilian sheriff’s support specialist in the WCSO’s Central Control, Deputy Oroszi transferred into a deputy position in 2015, according to his department.

He worked in detention and as a Specialty Courts bailiff prior to his most recent assignment as an Incline Patrol motor deputy.

“Jarett was an exceptionally dedicated member of our family,” the WCSO said. “Sheriff [Darin] Balaam and the men and women of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office are keeping Deputy Oroszi’s family and friends in our thoughts and prayers as we continue to wrap our arms around them.”

“We also appreciate our community for understanding the shock and sadness those in our agency are feeling,” the sheriff’s office said.

The Sparks Police Department (SPD) said it was also saddened to learn of the beloved deputy’s death.

“We mourn the loss of Deputy Jarett Oroszi. Our prayers are with everyone who has been impacted by this sudden and unexpected loss,” the SPD said in a Facebook post. “Rest in peace brother, we have the watch.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jarett Oroszi, 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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