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Police Officer David Young

Florence Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Thursday, May 3, 2007

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Reflections for Police Officer David Young

Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson

April 25, 2019

My brother was killed on a motorcycle in June of 2002. Officer Young was at the scene of the accident the next day, which was only a couple of houses from where I live. As I walked up to the intersection where it happened I broke down, crying in disbelief as to how close to my house the accident occurred. Officer Young stopped what he was doing, walked up to me , hugged me and let me cry on his shoulder. He gave words of comfort and consolement. Above and beyond his roll as an officer of the law. I was so saddened to hear of his death that day. I can only hope the reflections of people he crossed paths with, as myself, can give his family some comfort as he did me that day! God bless you!

Laura Grigsby

May 16, 2018

I was thinking about you today as I watched Fallen. I hope we took care of your family after your tragic accident as you would have taken care of ours. I hope the know we hurt when you passed and that any shortcomings we had were because we did not know how to react better in the time of such a great loss. Your picture is hanging on the wall and your name is in our conversations even after all these years. Prayers for you family. If the should read this we still remember often the man that was our David.

Detective Bill White
FPD

September 29, 2017

Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo

May 3, 2017

It is coming up on eight years since that tragic day. I was one of the first on the scene. I remember and will always the shock I was in when I found out you were gone. I had just seen you a few hours earlier and as usual you were laughing and smiling. I will cherish that last memory of you. Brother, you were an inspiration. A man who no matter the situation kept his head and his professionalism intact. On that day, I came closer to God. Thank you David. I miss you and think about you regularly. You are truly missed.

Sgt. Hal Howard
Florence Police Dept.

March 26, 2015

As an airman I worked with Dave for two years at RAF Bentwaters, UK from 1981-1983. He was our "D" Flight snacko and everyone knew him and appreciated his smile and friendship. He was a truely good guy!

Lt Col (Ret) Patrick Hatting
U.S. Air Force

March 21, 2013

So hard to believe it has been 4 years ago today that we lost a dear friend. You are missed dearly and thought of often.

Sherry Howard
Friend and wife of Sgt Howard

May 3, 2011

Semper Fi Motorman...I understand your joy each and every day you mounted your Motor. Riding and protecting your citizens has no greater feeling. Please know that your service will never be forgotten and may God Bless you and your family. During this Holiday season I just want you to know that you are a "HERO"!! Semper Fi....

State Traffic Officer #7185 Mike Becze
California Highway Patrol

December 30, 2010

Hey Dave, Just found out about your untimely death! I am so sorry that you were called home! I know you are in a better place, but I know ALOT of people are sad! When I heard the news from Glenn, it hit me like a brick! I knew Dave from the Air Force, stationed at Soesterberg AB, NL and Batman, Turkey during the 1st Gulf War! Dave could ALWAYS make you smile, when you were down. He would listen when you needed someone to listen. He was very serious with his job but off duty he was a blast! Mrs Young and Dave's children; I am so sorry for your loss! I know GOD has helped comfort his void! To the LEO's of Florence P.D., I know a loss of a fellow Officer is never easy and it's unfortunately part of the job! Dave, you will never be forgotten! Rest In Peace Hero!

Detention Deputy Gary Carew
Seminole County Sheriff's Office/JEPCF

June 3, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

May 3, 2010

We offer our heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Young and we honor his distinguished service to the cause of justice and peace. Sadly, our nation has lost one of its finest citizens, a community has lost a friend and protector, and a family has lost an example of character and courage who they will love and respect forever.

To the family, friends, and colleagues of Officer Young, I would like you to know that a lot of people pray for you, and my hope is that their prayers will give you the strength necessary to move on. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Officer Young is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family, and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Special Agent
FBI New York City

July 30, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the second 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

I hold your family in thought and prayer today and pray for their solace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

May 3, 2009

To Officer David Young, his family and his fellow officers with the Florence Police Department:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Officer Young’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Officer Young and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc.
Members and Staff

May 3, 2009

To my best friend and husband:

I miss you so very much...your beautiful smile, loving touch, encouraging words and comforting presence. Although it has been 18 months since you left this earth, it still seems unbelieveable that you are not coming home. I know you are blissfully happy in heaven with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and that comforts me.

I love you,
Donna

PS to all refllection writers:

Thank you for your words of support and love and for your prayers and thoughts...without them, we would not have made it this far.

Donna Young
widow

December 4, 2008

I met David 14 years ago. I had a job at burger king and he was our police officer that would come in and stay until we closed. The sense of security of a uniformed officer was very comforting to us at closing time. Most times my job was to close and clean up the dining room. We would close the back section and clean it then clean the front after closing so customers would still have a place to eat. Pretty often customers would cross our barricades and try to eat in the closed section. If someone tried to David would very politely tell them that area was closed and ask them to move to the front. One night a family came in and crossed the barricades to eat in the back. I asked David if he could tell them to move to the front so I could continue cleaning. His response was "They're o.k., it's a family". He never hestitated to ask people to move unless it was a family or an older couple. David was a precious person. I only knew him briefly but for all of these years he still knew who I was when I would see him out. He was a sweetheart of a person and is greatly missed.
His smiling face was a reminder of how much love is still in the world.

May 19, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

May 5, 2008

Today it has been a year. It is still so hard to believe that you're gone. Although we all know you are in Heaven with our Lord & Savior, we miss you so much. Your memory lives on in the hearts and minds of so many people. I am so thankful to have had your friendship. I will never forget you . . . .

Communications Officer Kim Higginbotham
Florence Police Dept.

May 3, 2008

ONE BECOMES ALL (JESUS WEPT)

Explaining danger to a class of wide eyed innocents....
......the children wept

With a polite request to slow down, easing his shaking hands.....
......a father wept

Handing the purse back, she never thought she'd see again.....
......a mother wept

Bringing the horrible news, while being a source of compassionate strength....
......a family wept

Reassuring those brought forth from their homes, that they are safe....
......a neighborhood wept

The face on the news, just doing his job....
......a city wept

One of her best, cut down in their prime....
......a nation wept

Another link wrenched from the thin, blue line....
......a world wept

Sent to protect us, yet struck down by violence....
......Jesus wept

Author: John Banes

Thanks, David for your unwavering love for Christ. When one lives for Christ,
he never needs to fear death. We can rest knowing you are with Jesus and
that you have never been happier. Send some love down to comfort your
family as they will miss you until the Lord calls them home.
If your nickname was Smiley, then maybe a picture of your smile would be
more appropriate? I'll look forward to seeing it in person some day.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

May 3, 2008

One year today Officer Young. We remember and pray for your family. Continue your watch over them as well as our police officers still serving.

Job well done "motorman". Officer Young, Never Forgotten.

Jim Sweeney Civilian New Jersey
A friend to our Police Officers

May 3, 2008

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Everytime I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the man they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Officr Young, especially to his wife. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for David, he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember David's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that David's life was about so much more than the way he died. David will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Officer Young, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been almost five years but we still miss him terribly.

Wishing you brighter and better days,


Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Surviving Fiancee of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

December 24, 2007

Watch over the friends and family of Huntsville PD. They laid to rest another hero today. Still keeping your family in my prayers.

December 18, 2007

Rest in peace, brother.

John and Jody Marks
Former FPD officer and former Northstar paramedic

December 17, 2007

I'm very sorry that Officer Young's family has sacrificed so much for our community. The entire Shoals area thanks and honors you.

Heath Mahan
Florence citizen

December 12, 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
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

November 12, 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
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

November 12, 2007

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