Detectives' Endowment Association, Inc. — Paul DiGiacomo, President

The DEA Honor Roll

Official Line of Duty Deaths

John T. Young

Rank: Detective

Shield Number: 4086

Command: 50 Squad

Date of Death: 02/17/2007

Cause of Death: Illnesses contracted as a result of work on the rescue and recovery from the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001.

John T. Young was appointed to the force on January 26, 1982. His career included stints in the 34 and 50 Precincts, and the Midtown South Detective Squad. He was promoted to Detective on May 31, 1991, and his last command was the 50 Squad. He made 380 arrests, 203 for felonies and received eight recognitions for excellent police duty and two awards for meritorious service. He worked hundreds of hours at the Fresh Kills Landfill, sifting through debris from the attacks in the City’s search for remains of victims and crime scene evidence. Det. Young served 20 years with the NYPD, and retired on January 28, 2002.

Known as someone who was friendly and helpful to everybody, Det. Young was 49 years old when he passed away on February 17, 2007, as a result of lung cancer contracted from his work on the rescue and recovery efforts from the World Trade Center attacks. He was survived by his wife and five children, ages ten through 19 at the time of his death.




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