Inspector Ralph Cosmer Young

Inspector Ralph Cosmer Young

Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles, Connecticut

End of Watch Thursday, September 30, 1920

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Ralph Cosmer Young

Inspector Ralph Young was killed in a vehicle crash while traveling between Brooklyn, Connecticut, and Wauregan, Connecticut, at approximately 6:00 pm.

He had traveled to Plainfield along with two state troopers and the borough president to investigate reports of a vehicle that had been driven in the state for more 30 days without an out-of-state license. As the officers were returning to Brooklyn the driver of the vehicle lost control on the wet roadway and struck a fence. The fence rail penetrated the windshield and struck Inspector Young, causing severe internal injuries.

Inspector Young was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

Inspector Young had served with the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles for three years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Inspector Young, it has been 103 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your military and law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

September 30, 2023

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