Detective John T. Young

Detective John T. Young

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, February 19, 2007

John T. Young

Detective John Young died of lung cancer that he contracted after working at Ground Zero, the site of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks of 9/11.

He was assigned to a detail working at Ground Zero and was present at the site for hundreds of hours. During that time, Detective Young inhaled toxic materials that were present in the air. The inhalation of those materials caused him to develop lung cancer, which eventually caused his death.

Detective Young had served with the New York City Police Department for 20 years, and was assigned to the 50th Precinct in the Bronx. He is survived by his wife, two daughter, and three sons.

On the morning of September 11th, 2001, seventy-two officers from a total of eight local, state, and federal agencies were killed when terrorist hijackers working for the al Qaeda terrorist network, headed by Osama bin Laden, crashed four hijacked planes into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

After the impact of the first plane into the World Trade Center's North Tower, putting the safety of others before their own, law enforcement officers along with fire and EMS personnel, rushed to the burning Twin Towers of the World Trade Center to aid the victims and lead them to safety. Due to their quick actions, it is estimated that over 25,000 people were saved.

As the evacuation continued, the South Tower unexpectedly collapsed as a result of the intense fire caused by the impact. The North Tower collapsed a short time later. Seventy-one law enforcement officers, 343 members of the New York City Fire Department and over 2,800 civilians were killed at the World Trade Center site.

A third hijacked plane crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania when the passengers attempted to re-take control of the plane. One law enforcement officer, who was a passenger on the plane, was killed in that crash.

The fourth hijacked plane was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, killing almost 200 military and civilian personnel. No law enforcement officers were killed at the Pentagon on 9/11.

The terrorist attacks resulted in the declaration of war against the Taliban regime, the illegal rulers of Afghanistan, and the al Qaeda terrorist network which also was based in Afghanistan.

On September 9th, 2005, all of the public safety officers killed on September 11th, 2001, were posthumously awarded the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor by President George W. Bush.

The contamination in the air at the World Trade Center site caused many rescue personnel to become extremely ill and eventually led to the death of several rescue workers.

On May 1st, 2011 members of the United States military conducted a raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and killed Osama bin Laden.

Please click here to visit the memorials of all of the law enforcement officers killed in this terrorist attack.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 4086

Incident Details

  • Cause 9/11 related illness
  • Incident Date Tuesday, September 11, 2001
  • Weapon Aircraft; Passenger jet
  • Offender 19 suicide attackers

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Hi Johnny - I just read, again, the many messages Freddy has sent you, and I have tears of love running down my face.
Mom and I think of you EVERY DAY and miss you terribly. I’m sure you know that. My daily prayer to God is that He has you and Jimmy together I’m Heaven - FOREVER.
Although I often consider how much longer it will be before I join you, I do not “fear” death. It will mean that I see you again.
Mom and I are fine but, because we live at a distance, we do not see your kids or their kids too often BUT WE KNOW THEY ARE ALL WELL.
Yesterday a French Colonel traded himself for a civilian hostage and he died as a result. WELCOME HIM. He is a true hero.
Bye for now - I’ve got to blow my nose

Lt. Robert E. Young, NYPD (Ret)

March 24, 2018

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