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Detective Donald Ray Young

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Sunday, May 8, 2005

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Reflections for Detective Donald Ray Young

My reflection from 2006 reads, "Donnie, Your funeral was the first I attended as a member of the law enforcement community. It was life changing. Denver police Chief described police officers as “guardians on the wall” protecting the good of this world from evil. The funeral procession was marked patrol cars with lights flashing as far as I could see. Citizens gathered on the side of the road. They held their hands over their hearts. These are images that have inspired me to become a police officer. To a true guardian on the wall, Thank You"

I am now 16 years into my career and a Detective too. You are close to my thoughts and heart always. Please continue to watch over and protect us during these troubling times. And today, thank you for helping me remember why I became a guardian on the wall. <3

Detective B Johnson
Aurora Police

December 17, 2021

Remembering you & yours ....

Ken Hilte

May 10, 2020

Rest In Peace

Mark Mottola

May 8, 2020

Denver officers attend wedding for daughter of detective killed in the line of duty
Posted On FOX 31 KDVR, November 17, 2019

Denver police officers attend the wedding for Kourtney Young. Kourtney is the daughter of Det. Donnie Young who was killed in the line of duty in 2005.(Denver Police Department)

DENVER — Several Denver police officers were on hand last month when Kourtney Young made her vows at her wedding.

Young is the oldest daughter of Denver Police Detective, Donnie Young who was killed in the line of duty in 2005 when he was working off duty at a party.

Donnie and another detective were in uniform at a banquet hall and wouldn’t let a man inside. That man returned with a gun, approached both officers from behind and shot them. The other detective survived and the suspect fled to Mexico where he was eventually arrested.

At the festivities, officers took turns dancing with Kourtney during the traditional father daughter dance.

In a Facebook post the department says, “The moment was one for the books and a reminder that law enforcement is family and family is forever.”

Retired Police Officer

November 18, 2019

Donny, I miss you brother ,you are always on my mind. We had great times patrolling the streets of good old District 4 and working off duty together.
Those days I will never forget.

Anthony Marchesi

September 25, 2019


Remembering your sacrifice for our safety on this Police Week. Rest in Peace, my friend. Heroes live forever!

Leonard LeVine

May 16, 2019

Detective Young, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 25, 2019

Hey Donnie. I was thinking about you tonight as well. Linc misses you and so do I.

Officer starbuck
Denver Police Department

July 22, 2018

Thoughts of you & prayers for peace.


May 10, 2018

On this 13th anniversary of your departure may your family be blessed. Please know that we never forgot about you, and your ultimate sacrifice meant so much to so many of us.

Joe Chavarria
U.S. Marshals Service (Ret.)

May 8, 2018

Remembering you....


May 10, 2017

Donnie..... It's been 12 years, where did 12 years go? Not a day goes by that I don't think about you and what a goofball you were with us back then and how much you taught us. May 8th will never be the same, it was Mother's day in 2005. I have made a good career as a cop now and I hope you are proud.

I am 10 years in now, and I know you have had my back the whole time. I will never forget you and what you meant to me. I wasn't able to make it to Ft. Logan today and I'm sorry. Rest in peace my brother and friend

Deputy Kevin Everson
Chaffee County Sheriff's Office

May 9, 2017

I grew up with Don when I was young. He and I walked to school together. He protected me when we had to walk through a field where there was fighting rings. He was amazing.

Ronda Lee Witt
- None -

August 27, 2016

Every year this date is a difficult one; this year seems a little harder due to the fact if falls on Mother's Day. A little hard to celebrate a day for mom's when such a special dad was taken away. Our girls have grown into such great people, you left a special mark on their heart. We miss you everyday and will never stop loving you.


May 8, 2016

Hey Donnie, in less than two weeks you will have been gone from us 11 years....hard to believe!!! Not a day goes by I don't think about you and say thanks for being my friend. You gave me so many memories to reflect on and your smile always tops the list!! I miss you and love you my friend!! You started out my friend and ended up my hero!!

Former Sergeant
El Paso County Sheriffs Office

April 29, 2016

It's hard to think that it was 10 years ago that you were taken. I will never forget that night as long as I live. We still tell stories about old times and talk about you often. I wasn't able to make it to Denver yesterday to pay my respects so I wanted to say something on here. We miss you Donnie, thank you for looking out for us from heaven.

Officer Kevin Everson
Salida Police Department

May 9, 2015

Detective Young, I was an Officer in another jurisdiction when I heard of your death. I am now an Officer in Denver and just wanted to honor you today. Rest In Peace Sir, Never Forgotten.

Police Officer
Denver Police Dept.

May 8, 2015

Just reflecting on the time we served together on the same shifts at El Paso County Sheriff's Office. You are never forgotted my friend.

Served together at EPSO

April 3, 2015


Your duty and sacrifice are not forgotten. May God bless you and your family this Holiday Season and forever.

Leonard LeVine
USDOJ - Friend

December 23, 2014


May you and your family be blessed this Holiday. Your heroism, self-sacrifice and dedication to us all will not be forgotten. Rest easy, Brother.

Leonard LeVine

December 20, 2013


Your sacrifice and dedication will never be forgotten. Be strong Brother, heroes live forever.

Leonard LeVine

October 10, 2013

Happy Birthday Donnie. We love and miss you. Have a shot of Patron up in Heaven.

Kelly Young

September 25, 2013

Happy Birthday Donnie<3 I love and miss you so much! I am so thankful for the strong bond and love we have and all the cherished memories<3 You will never be forgotten and you will always be my hero and big brother. I Love you!

Sandy Young

September 25, 2013

You're on our mind and in our hearts everyday of the year but on Father's Day I reflect on what a great dad you were to our girls. They miss your and will never stop loving you. Thanks for leaving us with lots of wonderful memories.

Kelly Young

June 16, 2013

Thank you Sir for your dedication, RIP

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

July 12, 2012

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