Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant John Victor Young

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, August 29, 1971

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Reflections for Sergeant John Victor Young

Rest in peace Sergeant Young.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 22, 2022

Unfortunately, to paraphrase Orwell: Some cop-killers are more equal than others.

But fight continues, not only on the streets of New York, but on the college campuses as well:

New York State Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt asked university president Heidi Macpherson to rescind the invitation, calling it “absolutely shameful. Let’s be very clear: Anthony Bottom was not a ‘political prisoner.’ He’s a convicted cop-killer. Calling this an ‘intellectual conversation’ on a taxpayer-funded state campus is intellectually dishonest. It’s an insult.”

But in a public statement, Macpherson indicated she would not step in.
“We do not support the violence exhibited in Mr. Muntaqim’s previous crimes, and his presence on campus does not imply endorsement of his views or past actions,” she wrote. “However, we believe in freedom of speech. SUNY Brockport has routinely held speaking events involving controversial speakers from various background and viewpoints, and will continue to do so. These conversations are uncomfortable. They are meant to be. They’re about gaining a new perspective.”

It was in defending those very rights that Piagentini, Jones and Young died in the line of duty.

K.H. Ryesky, Esq.
Former IRS agent

March 20, 2022

My heartfelt thanks to all of you. On behalf of John's few cousins left, our thanks goes to all of you.
He was such a good person and those that knew him loved him..
Please feel free to email me with questions.

Cheryl Costa

December 20, 2020

As one of the few family members remaining, I'd like to give my thanks and gratitude to all of you for remembering my mom's cousin.
John was such a good person, he had a huge heart.8i
Please feel free to email me anytime.would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have.
Stay safe and God bless.

Cheryl Costa

December 20, 2020

My father was an officer working that night at ingleside station and talked about what great man and boss Sgt Young was before I ever got in the department. RIP

Sgt Eric Mahoney
San Francisco Police

August 29, 2020

As today being the anniversary of your untimely and heroic departure, I’d like to reiterate my previous reflection and say thank you.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 29, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 5, 2020

S.F. Police honor Ingleside Station officer shot and killed 48 years ago
Aug. 29, 2019 San Francisco Chronicle

Police officers salute during a memorial service conducted for San Francisco police Sgt. John Young at the Ingleside Station on Thursday. Young was shot and killed when a group of armed men stormed the station on Aug. 29, 1971 — 48 years ago to the day.

Former San Francisco Mayor and Police Chief Frank Jordan speaks at the memorial for Sgt. Young at the station in the Ingleside neighborhood.

An SFPD honor guard prepares to fly a flag at half-staff during the memorial service.

Retired Police Officer

August 30, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

May the scum who took your life suffer and rot forever.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

August 29, 2018

I grew up in the oceanview area of San Francisco. There was a lot if harassment from rookie officers, like the wise bull elephant officer John V.Young kept the rookies in line.
I remember his tender kindness and his strength as a good man. I turned myself in at Balboa Park station he took my report and booked me he wrote down my version of the incident which was a great help to me he seemed to have a deep kindness. I was singing in my cell, instead if telling me to shut up he told me I had a great voice. The men that killed him never knew him I hate all people of terror because if the needless death of this kind warrior. I am in my sixties and I still cry when I think of his death. He is the reason I respect Police men and people of all walks of life no matter what. I miss him with my whole heart.

Emil R Jones
freind for life

December 11, 2016

I wish to thank whomever donated to Avian Rescue Corporation (ARC) in memory of Sgt John V Young. I served in the military and understand the memory and feelings for fallen friends. ARC is a non-profit, public benefit corporation connected through the CFC and other charities. All donations go 100% to the feed and caring of our charges and where Sgt Young will be remembered.
God bless our fallen heroes.

Ronald H Howard, LTC retired Army
Avian Rescue Corporation

June 15, 2013

Hero's may fall but shall never be forgotten. RIP Sir

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

January 31, 2012

Rest in Peace, Sergeant Young. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 22, 2012

You and your family are in our thoughts. May you rest in eternal peace.

Deputy- Retired

November 14, 2011

My dad worked at Ingleside at the time. When I was a kid he would take me there. I remember always seeing the shattered glass SFPD posted on the wall and warning the public why they had to use safety glass, and the bullet marks in the door of the station left from that day. Many years later I became a cop. It seems like a long time ago but I've never forgotten the name Sgt John V Young.


November 26, 2010

You and Your Family have been in my prayers and thoughts for decades. Your Best Freind Sergeant Robert Whiting, my Grandfather NEVER for a day forgot about you in his prayers as well. You never will be forgotten. Blessings Jack and Family...xoxo

Sergeant Siobhan McAuliffe
San Francisco Police Department

June 17, 2010

Though I never knew him, he was part of my Law Enforcement family and I will mourn this deep loss the rest of my life. My heart aches with all the losses we have suffered, and continue to suffer, through the years. God is our only peace in such incidents & our only real comfort comes from Him. May His strength, comfort & peace continue to be the sustaining force in the lives of all who knew this beloved officer; and may it somehow help to know that he is not forgotten.

Vicki Hare, Telecommunicator
Salisbury NC PD

September 9, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was murdered on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya


August 29, 2009


Your death is not in vain sir, despite todays decision! Thank you for your service and you will always be remembered.. Please continue to watch down on us!

POIII D. McCarthy
Gaithersburg, MD. Police Dept.

July 6, 2009

All these years! I was a young officer when you were taken away. Prayers for your family. Maybe justice will finally be served. Rest in eternal peace John.

Peter J. Bracci
Lt. Univ Police (retired)
State Of NY

Lieutenant (retired)
New York State University Police

November 22, 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
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

September 20, 2007

Sgt. Young, thank you for your service. You will not be forgotten.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

September 4, 2007

Dear Sgt. Young,

Finally after all these years those responsible have been brought to justice. Basically in my opinion the Black Liberation Army was a black version of the Ku Klux Klan, they are no different.
Coincedently the same week that your killers were charged, police and federal agents in Mississipi charged a white supremacist for a murder that occurred during the civil rights movement of the 1960's. May both of these arrests show that bigotry and hate crimes will not be tolerated, and that people who do such things will be pursued unmercifully until they are dead or in custody.

Rest in Peace Sir.

Michael Roberts

April 17, 2007

I grew up hearing about you. I was a kid when you were murdered. They got the suspects... Again. Justice is coming. Your story has been in the papers lately. You have not been forgotten. Rest in peace forever Sarg.

Corporal Tim Zuniga
UC Berkeley Police Department/Native San Franciscian

February 25, 2007

R.I.P. Sergeant Young you will never be forgotten.

Deputy Sheriff

January 27, 2007

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