Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Cornel Young, Jr.

Providence Police Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch Friday, January 28, 2000

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Reflections for Sergeant Cornel Young, Jr.

You made a great sacrifice for a Great City. My deepest sympathy to your Father, Family and the Officers who had the misfortune to be involved in your accident.

Mark Gaipo

October 9, 2004

Rest in peace buddy.

SC Brad Taylor
Metropolitan Police (London)

August 7, 2004

At the beginning of every shift I supervise, myself and the other officers on shift dedicate the day to the memory of a fallen officer.

Today, January 28, 2004 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Sgt. Cornel Young Jr., who died in the line of duty on this date four years ago.

When one law enforcement officer falls, we all stumble for a while, but we will carry on.

Sgt. Young's sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Sgt. Paul Bissonnette
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Surrey, BC

January 28, 2004

I noticed that no Providence residents had left a reflection; I thought I might take the opportunity to do so. I drive by the place where Sargent Young passed sacrificed quite often. I always think of him and his bravery. As a resident of Providence whom you helped keep safe, Thank You Sgt. Young, for your dedication to duty and the residents of Providence, RI. It is fine officers like yourself who keep Providence that wonderful city that it is. My condolences to the Young family.

Richard Cooney
Providence Resident

January 7, 2004

I noticed that no Providence residents had left a reflection; I thought I might take it upon myself to do so. I travel by the place where Sargent Young passed quite often. I always think of him and his sacrifice. As a resident whom you helped keep safe, thank you Sargent Young, for your dedication to duty. It is fine Officers like yourself who keep Providence the great place that it is. My condolences to the Young family.

Richard A Cooney
Providence Resident

January 7, 2004

No words can truly express the sadness felt when a fellow officer looses his life.  My prayers and sympathy go out to his family and every one who knew Cornel.  We must always remember the way he lived and everything that he stood for. In doing this Cornel will live forever.

Sgt. Gary E. Cunningham
Prince George's County, Md. Police Dept.

To Providence,

I didn't personally know Officer Cornel Young, Jr., however, I was saddened and angered when I heard of his death. That's not surprising in that we, in law enforcement, often feel a brother/sisterhood with one another.  A favorite scripture of mine in the Holy Bible is Romans 13:4, it reads:

"For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil."

That is what Cornel was, a minister of God, doing God's ordained work at the time of his death. That is what most law enforcement officers are.

May he Rest In Peace,

SA Darin L. Paul
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Patrolman Young died a hero. He died trying to do his job, trying to help others and make the streets a better place. He must never be forgotten.  My heart goes out to his family and friends and his brothers at the Providence Police Department. 


So tragic, so sad, so senseless.  May Cornell's  memory always be kept alive for the sacrifice he made for his community.  So his death was not in vain, may it be a reminder to all of us how important the job of the law enforcement officer is and how fragile their lives can be. It is true that the lives of all of us are fragile, but for the officer we must remember that each day they truly do lay their lives on the line.  It is senseless to be killed at the hands of another officer, but more importantly it is tragic and sad that we are only reminded of the danger these men and women put themselves in when an officer goes down. As the surviving spouse of an officer that went down in the line of duty, I feel the pain of this young officer's family as if it were my own. Rest in peace, Cornell.


I would like to express my sincere sympathy to the family of Officer Young.  He gave the ultimate sacrifice and he will be missed by all.  I am a Survivor of the Shield as I too, lost a son in the Line of Duty.  It just doesn't seem right for all good young men to have to lose their lives in such senseless ways.  However, I'm sure the Cornel and my son will meet and they will be looking after each and everyone of us.  God Bless all of you.


I had the opportunity to meet Cornel when I attended the Northeast Region Spring Conference last year. It was hosted by the Rhode Island Minority Police Association (RIMPA). Even though this was our first time meeting, he made me feel confortable in his city. My condolences go out to his father, Major Cornel Young, Sr. and the rest of his family. Cornel, I admire you for having the courage to take police action beyond the call of duty and for attempting to assist your fellow officers in a time of need. If takes a special to put his own life on the line to help someone else. You have paid the ultimate price for being that type of man. Trust me, your actions will not be quickly forgotten. May God bless you and keep you close to him, young brother.

Investigator Shawn Kennedy
Chicago Police Department

I had the pleasure of meeting Cornel when I was a social worker in Providence, RI. Cornell would come in to where I worked to say hello. Sometimes he was off duty and sometimes on duty, but he always took the time to chat. He was a good man and a fine officer and I am saddened by his tragic and untimely death. My condolences to his family.

Kevin Farrell
EX part time police officer

This is so very hard. A Brother of Mine, not by blood, but by the Job, and Brotherly Love. My Brother has left us, while on the Job. Patrolman Young, you did a heroic act, by giving your off duty time trying to do what was right. I could not know what happen, I wasn't there, but, Bless You Brother, you were brave without fear. A crime was in progress, your spirit called, you did what was right, for you and us all. I just feel the regrets from those involve, accept for the crook who caused it all. I asked my God for forgiveness, and to bless the hearts, of all of those that were there, the time that you fell. I can't find the words to let You or Your Parents know exactly how I feel, but I pray for each of you, and whish the best for you all. Mr. and Mrs. Young, Bless you both. You raised a hero, who gave it his all. Very Sincerely, Gary Wolter, International MP K-9 Association.

Dir. Gary Wolter
International MP K-9 Association

Although I did not know Officer Young, my brother did have the pleasure of knowing him. My heart goes out to his family. He died a brave man doing what he wanted to do. The City of Providence is changed forever with the loss of this fine officer. Bless him, his family, especially his father, another Providence officer.

William L. Farrell, Sergeant First Class
Military Police Officer, Retired

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