Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Gregory Ivan Young

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, September 18, 1997

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Reflections for Police Officer Gregory Ivan Young

Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Watch over your daughter and keep her safe always.

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

September 18, 2020

Officer Young thanks for your service. You raised a great son who I now have the pleasure of working along side and you would be very proud of him. He's a true professional and excellent police officer. We've spoke of you and I know he's the officer he is today because of your upbringing. May you rest in peace and watch over the sea of blue!! Rest peacefully Officer!

Police Officer Scott Korhonen
Chicago Police Department

March 8, 2019

You are a hero...may God watch over your family and your brothers and sisters in blue. Rest in Peace Brother.

N.Y.PD. Lieutenant Ray Flores (Ret.)

September 18, 2016

Good morning this is June I worked with Greg his last day before his furlough and we had an arrest for domestic battery he was so concerned about making sure I knew how to do the arrest than he was about going on his furlough because I was fresh on the job and didn't know what I was doing. That was the only time I worked with him what a nice guy. And his son Jay looks just like his daddy the Young family Rashida Jay and Mom are some really nice people and Greg is surely missed!! Rip Greg

Po Cleve. (June) Coleman

September 18, 2016

What's goin on Uncle Greg it's your nephew fatman sitting here at home watching the bulls game and Google your name and started reading about the tragic day you left us. I remember when you use to come over grandma house and I'll run soon as I heard your radio going off at the door then run out and tell you by on your way out all you did was smiled and said bye lol. Then you would come back when you got off and I used to say I'm getting me a truck like uncle Greg when I grow up. But We are missing you down here we no your are in heaven smiling down. Your will forever live in our hearts I love you and continue too watch over us.

Tevin Bolden

November 25, 2015


Illinois Antique Emergency Vehicle Assn.

June 24, 2015

Gregg was a great guy. He was always ready to help a fellow officer. He was a real professional. He was smart and personable. I attended many a roll call with Gregg. I will miss his smile most of all.

P. O. Ben Celano
Chicago Police Dept - Friend

February 15, 2015

Hard to believe it has been 16 years aince your heroic actions that led to ths tragedy. Your contribution shall never be forgotten by those of us on CPD who knew you. Thanks to this web page you will be remembered by even more.

Detective Thomas Downes

September 18, 2013

My Brother Greg. You were always the little brother I never had. I have thought about you often. You will never be forgotten by me or your nieces and nephew. From Kim Marie Young-Hale, Celeste Angelique Young and Annette Young-Baxtrom.

Marie Baxtrom

May 27, 2013

whats up uncle greg i was sitting here and had a thought of you thinking of some of the good things u told me miss u alot you always cross my mind wish u were here today i remember how u used to scare me to make me go to school i remember u even telling me that i can live with u all and go to school over there that let me know how much that u cared for me not to mant people would do that but u did so with that to say i miss u wish u were here to see how bad your grand kids are.

Anthony Phillips

August 23, 2012

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

Officer 11169

April 27, 2012

Like a comet
Blazing 'cross the evening sky
Gone too soon

Like a rainbow
Fading in the twinkling of an eye
Gone too soon

Shiny and sparkly
And splendidly bright
Here one day
Gone one night

Like the loss of sunlight
On a cloudy afternoon
Gone too soon

Clergy Association of IL

March 8, 2012

Officer Young is still missed...

Lt. Scott Harmon
Department of Defense Police

January 3, 2012

Please know we will not allow your sacrifice to be forgoten. The CPD will always remember your ultimate sacrifice.

Detective Thomas Downes

September 21, 2011

Hey Dad! I'm at work and as usual I think of you all the time. You will always be in my heart. Im sure you are looking down smiling saying "you go girl" the way you did that day when we were at the track for the first time and I ran 1 lap and was tired (lol) see me now I can do it. My daughter speaks of you all the time and she has never even met you, she only hears the truth, which are good things and she always ask "Why" and "What" happen. It's all good the family is just fine, we miss u so much. You will never be Forgotten. Love you Shida!

P.O. Young

September 18, 2010

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. Keep watch over all of your loved ones and those still out on patrol. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

September 18, 2009

To the family and friends of Officer Gregory Young and to his fellow officers, and most especially to Greg:

On behalf of our entire family, we wish to pay honor to Greg's memory on the eleventh anniversary of the day Greg so tragically lost his life. His heroism, valor and bravery will be forever remembered.

May you be continue to be comforted by the support and caring of your law enforcement family, and other police survivors. I know from reading reflections your family has found some healing in helping other families on this painful journey. We grieve for you and with you.

Our family lost our beloved Larry Lasater when he was fatally shot in April of 2005 during a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, so we know the anquish you are still experiencing. We know the meaning of lives forever changed because those bullets didn't just kill our beloved officers, but killed a part of everyone who loved them so dearly.

Rest in Peace, Greg. May your spirit continue to soar and your memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the service Greg gave to his community and the citizens of Illinois, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 18, 1997.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg, CA PD eow 4/24/05


September 18, 2008


Well I'm back from Az and doing well. Still doing the job, I just can't seem to let it go. My wife volunteers with the Memorial Foundation so I went with her to the Gold Star Park on Saturday. I thought of you and your beautiful family. I kept thinking about the time we had at the wedding for Tony Rice's daughter. I'm praying for those you left behind.

Rest in Peace,


Ken Witkowski
Villa Park PD, Former 015 PO

May 8, 2008

A six star badge silver and gold pin on the officer as he patrols. As he patrols his same beat in the large city going down that lonley street he does not know what lies beneath.


November 6, 2007

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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

October 17, 2007

His committment to serve man was instilled in him by his family, his character and his integrity. It has been 10 years this month and he remains a postive presence in my thoughts. His memory and his life - a blessing. He will never be forgotten.

Althea Ward-Curtis

September 23, 2007

On the 10th Anniversary of your brutal and untimely death, I salute you, Sir! Thank you for your bravery, service and sacrifice. May your friends and family take comfort in knowing that you will FOREVER be a hero and NEVER be forgotten!

DET SGT, Retired

September 18, 2007

Greg, we miss you very much and think about you all the time. I know that you're proud of our daughter and son. Through faith, prayer, your love, family, friends, and our extended family (CPD) we have gotten through the day you were taken away from us.
Love Always

Gladis Young

September 9, 2007

Greg, You didn't know me but I knew of you from your Sister whom I used to work with when my husband was killed. She spoke about family events and highly of you. Some years later I met your wife and children at a GSF event. Maybe 4 years later I found out that I knew other members of your family. I knew all these different people who spoke about someone that they loved and cared for yet I never put all this together as one man. I went to a friends mom's house to pay my condolence. I found out that I knew your sister,cousins,aunt and didn't know whom they all were speaking so highly of. I'm sorry I never got the chance to meet me. Your wife and Kids are so sweet and friendly. Thank you for your wife. She has truely
been heaven send. Keep watching over them. Thank You Sir, Shari

Shari J. Jones McGhee
Officer Eddie N. Jones Jr. Widow

September 13, 2006

Hey Greg,
All of us here in the Fighting 15th will stand behind your daughter as she accepts the noble task and starts her first day here in a few weeks as a new Police Officer. The Lord saves His best challenges for those with the most character.

Officer George Hemesath
CPD - 015

August 22, 2006

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