On the last day of 2017, while on night shift, Zack responded to a domestic dispute call at an apartment complex along with at least four other deputies.
But things quickly escalated from bad to worse when Matthew Riehl, the man causing the disturbance, open fired at the police officers as they were approaching his apartment. The incident left four deputies seriously injured, and Zack fatally shot.
At the vigil service honoring Zack, there was no shortage of colleagues and friends who, at the request of Gracie, shared personal stories showing just what a dedicated man Zack was both professionally and personally.
Gracie, along with her two young daughters, also took the stage - but talking through such a big loss didn't come easy. In that moment of sadness however, also came the reminder that all is not lost! As Gracie was struggling to share her thoughts, her older daughter leaned in with some advice.
In a video shared by KUSA-TV, the 4-year-old is heard telling her mother that:
"It's OK mama, It's OK. Just be happy."
In a way only children can, the girl had found a way to look past the adversity and focus on exactly what her father would have wanted Gracie to do during this hard time. A more perfect piece of advice probably doesn't exist.