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Trooper Billy G. Young

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

End of Watch Friday, May 26, 1978

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Reflections for Trooper Billy G. Young

"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
Author Unknown

Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell Police department
Powell, Wyoming

June 12, 2019

Trooper Young,
On today, the 39th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Troopers who were also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Oklahoma. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

May 26, 2017

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

May 26, 2015

RIP TROOPERS, to have lost three Brothers in one day, so tragic

SP351
MN STATE PATROL (RET)

May 26, 2013

It was 35 years ago this year that the three troopers were killed in Bryan county on 26 May 1978. Trooper Billy G. Young was an inspiration for me to get into law enforcement over 34 years ago and why I welcomed the opportunity to work at Trp ES/DPS at the Governor's mansion. I graduated with Jerry in 1972 from WHS and knew Bob and Lee well. Everyone I knew admired and respected the Young family to a person for who they were.
They always put others ahead of themselves and were generous to a fault, as a matter of course.I have been blessed to be called their friend and am honored to have known them.The words I expressed to my father after learning of the violent, tragic death of Billy G. Young are as valid now as it was 35 years ago. "He was the only HERO I have ever personally known."

Mickey Eckhoff
Troop ES/DPS

April 6, 2013

His Judgment Day:
The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulder and said, "No, Lord, I guess I aint, Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was rough, And sometimes I've been violent Because the streets are tough.
But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep.. Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept an unmanly tear.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't...I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne, where the saints often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell"

Author unknown

May God be with everyone

Motor officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD Plano, TX

May 23, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 31rst anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Anonymous

May 26, 2009

Today, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol honored the three slain troopers with a service in Caddo at the intersections of McPhearson and Court Streets. The ceremony included a 21-gun salute by the OHP Honor Guard, the posting of a new American flag at the site, and the setting of a wreath in remembrance of the fallen troopers.

Maj M. B. Parlor
USMC / LAPD

May 26, 2008

Trooper Young your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

May 25, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 9, 2008

I grew up in Woodward, OK and was friends with Trooper Young's children. Especially his 2 son's. We went to school and played sports together. Today is the 6th anniversary of the LOD death of my son-in-law, Ofr. Justin Wollam and I was compelled to write this note. My fondest memory of Trooper Young was while returning to Woodward from a camping trip at Fort Supply. My mom was towing our boat when we had a flat tire on the boat trailer. Here we were, on the side of the highway, my mom and 4 kids. Trooper Young stopped to help change the tire. We didn't have a jack for the trailer and he "improvised" to change the tire. He said he would rather change a car tire any time than go through that again. :) I have other memories of him at our football games or just seeing him around town. But always remembered the boat tire memory. I hope after all these years that his family is doing well and wish them all the best. My best regards, thoughts and prayers. I was in the Marines, stationed in California when these fine Oklahoma Troopers were killed and remember it like it was yesterday. Rest in peace and may God bless you and your family.

Charlie "Phillip" Cash

July 9, 2007

May all three of you rest in peace always and know that your sacrifice is one that will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

May 26, 2007

I recall one time as a boy growing up in Woodward,Ok.,it was summer and we boys often played outside barefoot. While playing in tall grass, I cut an artery in my foot. It so happened that my dad was with Billy,as they were lifelong friends. Trooper Young and my dad took me to the hospital. He did all he could to reassure me. He was a kind man and I will never forget him.

Mark Gaston Jr.
Personal

September 11, 2005

I recall the day this happened. I was on duty, returning from the Dallas County Courthouse when a dispatcher made a broadcast about this incident. It was so sad to hear that we had lost these fine troopers. Though it was over a hundred miles away, across the Red River it made no difference. Cops in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area still felt the sense of loss.
Today, 27 years later it is my prayer that the families have found some sense of peace.
I would like for the families to know that there are lots of folks across this country that care very deeply and have not forgotten the sacrifice these brave men made for their fellow man. They will always be remembered as true American heroes.
May God continue to pour out His endless love and blessings upon the families.

Patrolman Doug Hutchison
Irving Police Department, Texas, retired.

May 26, 2005

06-23-04
TROOPERS YOUNG, SUMMERS, AND GRIMES SACRIFICED EVERYTHING FOR US, SO WE COULD LIVE SAFE. THEY WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN

OHP TROOPER

June 23, 2004

No officer that gave his life should be without reflection……

“For those who pledge to uphold it, Freedom requires a sacrifice the protected will never know”

I honor you

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