Jacob was born on September 4, 2000 to Aimee Jo Smith and Eric Richard Salrin in Springfield, Illinois. Jacob graduated from Washington Community High School in 2019.
He decided to pursue a career in law enforcement with the Richland County Sheriff's Department in March of 2022, earning his certification from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in January 2023.
Jacob's desire to help people led him to join this profession and follow his sister's footsteps. He loved being a deputy and working at the Richland County Sheriff's Department; making the ultimate sacrifice doing what he loved. While his time as a deputy was not very long, he made a tremendous impact on every life that he touched. He was a rising star at Richland County, never settling for just average but always seeking to excel in all he did, which was evident in his dedication to earn the Clifford A. Moyer Award at the Criminal Justice Academy. Days before the accident he was selected as the Deputy of the Quarter for his region, which he will receive posthumously later this month.
He leaves behind his best friend and big sister Allie, who adored him and her husband Nick Zammuto; his mother Aimee Terhark and father Eric Salrin; as well all his law enforcement family, Region 1 deputies and all his fellow SCCJA class 275.
A visitation will be held at Dunbar Funeral Home (3926 Devine Street Columbia, SC 29205), on Wednesday, October 4, from 5-8 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, October 5, at the Meeting Place Church (201 Columbia Mall Blvd. Columbia, SC 29223) at 11:00 a.m. with burial to follow at Elmwood Cemetery (501 Elmwood Ave, Columbia, SC 29201).
The Family and the Richland County Sheriff's Department is grateful for the outpouring of support and prayers from the community. Condolences may be sent to the Richland County Sheriff's Department (5623 Two Notch Road), the family request that any donations be made to the Richland County Sheriff's Foundation to support fellow deputies, please designate your gift to Deputy Salrin, Richland County Sheriff's Foundation, P.O. Box 1182, Columbia, SC 29202.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.dunbarfuneralhomedevine.com for the Salrin family.