Jeremiah MacKay was born on June 4, 1977 at San Bernardino Community Hospital to parents Alan and Marie Mackay. He and his younger sister, Angela Reynolds, were raised in Lake Arrowhead. Public service was instilled in Jeremiah from the beginning as his father was an engineer for San Bernardino County Fire and his mother volunteered at her children’s schools. He proved his affinity for success at age 4, by becoming the youngest person to climb Mt. San Gorgonio.
Jeremiah attended Calvary Chapel Christian School in Twin Peaks and Mary P. Henck Intermediate School in Lake Arrowhead. He attended Rim of the World High School, were he played football and tennis. Aside from academics, he was very involved with the youth group at Church of the Woods in Lake Arrowhead and loved to ski. His love for mountain recreation led to early employment opportunities. Jeremiah worked as a skiing and snowboarding instructor at the Snow Valley Ski Resort and also worked lake patrol for the Arrowhead Lake Association. But his true calling would be found later in life.
Jeremiah joined the ranks of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and was a member of Academy Class 131. He graduated from Sheriff’s Trainee to Deputy Sheriff on his 21st birthday. As a deputy, he was assigned to the Central Detention Center, Twin Peaks and Central stations, and the Sheriff’s Training Facility. He was promoted and served as a detective at Twin Peaks and Big Bear, with his most recent assignment at the Yucaipa Station. Jeremiah was very proud of being a deputy sheriff and his dignity manifested itself in his work. He was the recipient of five CHP 10851 awards and three Commander’s Awards. He was also chosen for the department Honor Guard and played the bagpipes. He most recently played at the Wagon Wheel Festival in Lake Elsinore in honor of fallen Riverside Officer Ryan Bonaminio.
More important than any rank or position with the department, Jeremiah was a family man. He was a husband, a father, a son and a brother. Jeremiah proposed to his wife, Lynette, on Thanksgiving Day 2010 and they were married November 19, 2011. He became a step-father to Kaitlyn Denny, now 6, and loved her as his own. Jeremiah helped Kaitlyn with her karate techniques and he found great joy in watching her advance in belt levels. In October of 2012, son Cayden James MacKay was born and captured his father’s heart. Family and friends were a top priority. Jeremiah played the bagpipes at his sister Angela’s wedding. The family enjoyed camping together, going to country music concerts, hanging out with friends and just goofing off. He loved the beach and had an infectious laugh. Jeremiah was a member of the Inland Empire Emerald Society for 6 years and was the current Sergeant at Arms.