Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

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

I am so sad that not only florence al. but the world has lost such a good christian man. my heart breaks for Officer David youngs family and friends.He will never be gone as long as he is in our hearts and prayers!!Be strong because some day we will all be together again with our loved ones in heaven.I am sure officer young is in GODS hands now and watching over his family and fellow officers.
REST IN PEACE OFFICER DAVID YOUNG.I am sure you are one of the brightest stars in the sky!!!
Thank You for keeping us safer each day JOB WELL DONE.
You are in my prayers Mrs. Young and children GOD BLESS YOU!!!

naomi mcdougal

May 7, 2007

to the family of Officer Young, ours hearts are heavy for you and your family, May the Lord guide you though this tough time.

“ Policeman’s Prayer”

When I start my tour of duty God,
Wherever crime may be,
As I walk the darkened streets alone,
Let me be close to thee.

Please give me understanding with
Both the young and old.
Let me listen with attention
Until their story’s told..
Let me never make a judgment
In a rush or callous way,
But let me hold my patience
Let each man have his say

Lord if some dark and dreary night,
I must give my life,
Lord, with your everlasting love
Protect my children and my wife.

God Bless

Sgt Leonard Galli
Exeter Borough Police Dept, Pa

May 7, 2007

Officer Young,

May God comfort your wife and kids during this very difficult time. Without a doubt, your children will know you were doing what you loved to do and will be forever proud of their father, a true Warrior! Godspeed Motorman...

PFC Kyle Penman-Motor Squad
City of Fairfax PD, VA

May 7, 2007

We, along with all of FLorence will greatly miss David. Our family came to know David several years ago, while he was working at the football games. He always wore a smile and was the sweetest man. Our daughter was diagnosed with cancer in Sept 06, David constantly offered to help in any way that he could. He stopped by on a regular basis to see what he could do or to just let us know he was there if we needed anything.Our sympathies go out to his family and the Florence Police Dept. David will always be with us in our hearts. Rest peacfully David. We love you.

Tammy & Trace & Taylor Hendrix

May 6, 2007

Lost but never forgotten...

Deputy Sheriff

May 6, 2007

I am praying for the Young family and the Florence PD. I was at the wreck site when Officer Smiley wrecked and I just broke down in tears and I said Why God Why Officer Smiley. It is hard to lose any cop but why Officer Smiley. My favorite memory of Officer Smiley is that whenever he was writing people tickets he was still smiling.I know David smiled when God said to him David, Welcome Home on Thursday May 3rd,2007! God Bless the Young family and the Florence PD. My prayers are with you all.

Rachel Green

May 6, 2007

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Officer Young. The Good Lord called him home. He will walk the streets of Heaven with all the Officers who have gone before him. Our Brother in Blue will not be forgotten.

Sgt. Jim May (ret)
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Dept. Charlotte, NC

May 6, 2007

Rest in peace, may god be with you, your family and department during this horrible time. Thank you for your service. Until we meet in heavens roll call..GODSPEED!

Ofc. Aaron Sparks
Gilmanton N.H. Police Department

May 6, 2007

I just wanted to send my deepest sympathiest to Officer Young's family and also his police family. We as their family members and spouses, know that it is reality that there may be a day that our loved ones go to work and do not come home. We need to understand that they are hero's as hard as it is to come to terms with their death. My husband loves being a police officer and wouldn't ever have any other job. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you are enduring this awful time. It doesn't ever get easier, it just gets different. The police family does not stop with your department, but it extends throughout the world. We love you all... find strength in us... we are here for you!

Wife of a police officer

May 6, 2007

Rest in Peace...

Police Officer
Syracuse Police Dept,NY

May 6, 2007

Dear Family,friends & Co-Workers of Officer Young,
Please accept my deepest sympathy of the loss of your loved one. My heart hurts with you. My prayers are with you today and the days ahead of you.
May you find comfort in knowing that David will forever be remembered as one of our Hero's. That he now is at rest in the arms of God.
Officer Young, thank you for your service to the town of Florence, the state of Alabama and your country. Keep watch over your loved ones from Heaven and your brothers and sisters in Blue. With love and prayers, mother-in-law of: Sgt. Jeffrey T. Hewitt EOW 04-04-04 Asheville, N.C.
Carolyn Moore

Carolyn Moore

May 6, 2007

Thoughts & prayers to family and fellow officers, Thank you for your service, RIP Hero

Mike Hopkins
nephew of PO Rich Lendell EOW 1/14/83

May 6, 2007

On behalf of Officer Young's family and the officers and employees of the Florence Police Department, I want to express our sincere appreciation for your support and the wonderful reflections you have left in David's memory. We have approximately 120 employees in the police department and not a single one did not like David. To me, that in and of itself is a testiment to the kind of person and officer he was. Thanks again, and may God place a hedge of protection around you, your loved ones, and fellow officers.
Chief Rick Singleton

Chief Rick Singleton
Florence Police Department

May 6, 2007

Please except my condolences to the family of Officer Young
David is a hero and made the ultimate sacifice. My heart aches for you. God Bless!

Denise Tiedeman
Wife of Fallen Officer

May 6, 2007

Rest In Peace Brother. Your family and friends are in my prayers.

Officer Dwight Rackley
Louisville Metro PD, KY

May 6, 2007

A Dispatcher's Promise
By Paula Ann Gomes

Another morning has approached
as I think of my officer again.
One of the many officers that swore
to serve and to protect,
and gave up his life in the very end.

That fateful day is something that
I am not allowed to forget.
It is that memory that reappears
each time I put on my headset.

And when I sit in front of the radio
and dispatch my officers to a priority call,
I silently hope and pray
that I hear them clear,
instead of hearing them take the fall.

You see, I have always read their voices
and sent back up when I sensed tension or fear.
But now, more than ever, it is their voice
I want to continue to hear.

Taking for granted that you will hear
an officer do another traffic stop,
just should not be done.
For it does not matter how routine
the stop or call may be,
it only takes one.

When one of our brothers or sisters
is lost in the field,
the briefing room will then be left
with an empty space.
And in our hearts it is perceived,
that this brother or sister will
never be replaced.

It is my solemn vow to all of my officers
to give my very best,
and to be the voice they want to hear
in their worst times of distress.

It is for my officers that
my loyalty is firmly planted,
And it is their voices
that I will never again,
take for granted.

Rest in Peace Officer Young.

HPD dispatcher

May 6, 2007

Dear Dave, I honor you my brother, I honor you for daring to walk the path of the warrior. I honor you for having been one of the chosen few that heard that special calling, answered it and was selected to be a police officer in your community . . . where at the risk of incurring serious bodily harm or death, you bravely chose to become a warrior, and to protect the citizens of Florence, Alabama and our country.

All of us give "some" as sworn law enforcement officers, but Dave, you gave "all" in your ultimate sacrifice to protect us all. Walter Peyton, Number 34, the great running back for the Chicago Bears, coined a phrase years ago. He stated "You are not gone until you are forgotten." Dave, you will never be gone, because we will not ever allow you to be forgotten. You gave "all", to the people of Florence, to the great State of Alabama and to our country, and for that, your legacy shall be sustained forever. You rest easy now Dave. Although you'll never be replaced, we'll do our best to cover your post on our thin blue line.

Ride high motorman. Please watch over your brother and sister officers who miss, love and respect you.

With brotherly love and utmost respect,

Jim Crotty (former Richmond, VA Police Officer.)

Jim Crotty, Special Agent (Ret.)
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms

May 6, 2007

Our thoughts are with your family and fellow officers

Lt Jerald Wheeler
Southaven,MS PD

May 5, 2007

Rest in peace Brother in Blue. May God be with your family and department during this loss.

Corporal Seth L. Sullivan
Arab Police, Alabama

May 5, 2007

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. A tough road lies ahead for them, but your journey has just gotten easier. God bless you all.

PSA Angela Kaiser
Lakeland Police Department

May 5, 2007

Rest in peace brother we now have your watch. You will not be forgotten by the thin blue line. Our prayers go out to you, your dept. and your family.


May 5, 2007

David, When I saw your picture on this site, I knew that you and I had attended the same acadamy class. Go in peace with God, you have been called for a higher mission.

Sgt David G. Atteberry
Autauga County Sheriff's Office

May 5, 2007

Officer Young,

We have lost two officers in our local area in as many weeks. We have come to the realization that it can happen close to home. Our prayers are with your family and your co-workers. My father is an ex-motor cop and I know how dangerous that job is. Thank you for your service and we'll take the watch from here.

Ptl. B.C. Edwards
East Carolina University Police/Washington, NC Police

May 5, 2007

Rest in peace my brother

Officer J. Davis
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police

May 5, 2007

David was one of the best people anyone will ever know. I had the privilege of working with him for almost 6 years and have known him for 10 years. He was the example every officer could look toward. He was devoted to his family, community, and his department. He brightened our lives with his eternal smiles. If you were down, being around him would bring you up. He was a person you could talk to without fear of gossip or judgement. The news of this tragedy put us all in shock. Although I have not kept in touch with him over the past year, I treasure his friendship and will miss him tremendously. Officer Smiley was one of a kind. He died doing what he loved.

David, I will NEVER forget you. Smile down on us like you have done for your entire life. My family's prayers are with you, your family, and FPD.

Former officer in Huntsville

May 5, 2007

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