Trooper Kyle D. Young
Vermont State Police, Vermont
End of Watch: Thursday, September 17, 2015
Tour of Duty: 1 year, 9 months
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Duty related illness
Date of Incident: September 17, 2015
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Colonel Matthew T. Birmingham
Vermont State Police
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671
Phone: (802) 244-7345
Trooper Kyle Young suffered a fatal medical emergency while participating in a training session with the agency’s Tactical Services Unit at the Ethan Allen Firing Range, in Jericho.
Trooper Young was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Vermont State Police for 21 months. He is survived by his two daughters and partner.
State Trooper Kyle D. Young, who was assigned to the New Haven barracks, has been identified as the police officer who died Thursday after experiencing a medical incident during training at a Jericho firing range.
Young, 28, of Monkton, joined the Vermont State Police in January 2014.
The cause of his death has yet to be disclosed.
Young is survived by his children and his partner, the state police said. Gov. Peter Shumlin said Thursday that Young was the father of two young children.
He was among the more active troopers at the New Haven barracks, especially for anti-drunken-driving cases. The U.S. and state flags were at half-staff at the state police barracks on U.S. 7 in New Haven.
Shumlin said he will order the Vermont state flag to fly at half-staff for three days starting at sunrise on the day of Trooper Young’s funeral.
Funeral arrangements, which are incomplete. are being handled by the Cummings Funeral Services in Watertown, New York.
Shumlin called Young “a dedicated police officer and Vermonter who joined the State Police to make our state a better place. To lose him in service to Vermont is truly tragic.
“My thoughts are with Trooper Young’s family and friends and the entire State Police family.”
Young collapsed at about 2 p.m. Thursday while trying out for the state police tactical team at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho. The temperature was in the mid 80s during the afternoon as troopers went through their paces.
An Essex Rescue ambulance, accompanied by 13 police cruisers, rushed Young to the University of Vermont Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at about 3 p.m.
The body, following an autopsy Friday, left the Vermont Chief Medical Examiner’s Office shortly before noon in a hearse with an escort including three Vermont State Police cruisers and one from South Burlington police.
A procession with the body is expected to head on Saturday to the Watertown, New York, area, where his parents and family live. Four Vermont State Police cruisers are expected to help deliver the hearse to New York, said Scott Coriell, a spokesman for Shumlin.
He said the state police also has assigned personnel to the Young family during the coming days.
Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn expressed his condolences in a department statement released at about 2:30 p.m. Friday identifying Young as the trooper who died.
“A tragedy such as this is difficult to fathom, and I stand with Kyle’s family as they come to grips with his loss,” Flynn said.
“I also strongly support Kyle’s second family, the Vermont State Police. In times of tragedy, this organization of professionals pulls together to support each other. Kyle will forever be a part of that family, one of the best law enforcement organizations in the country.”
Col. Matthew Birmingham, the new director of Vermont State Police, also promised his support for all.
“The Vermont State Police express their deepest sympathies to the family of Kyle, his children, his partner, and the troopers who served closely with him,” Birmingham said.
“Now and in the coming days, I will focus solely on supporting Kyle’s family, and our Vermont State Police family, as we struggle to come to grips with this tragic loss of a father, son, and brother trooper,” said Birmingham, who took the command six weeks ago.
State Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell, a former police officer turned lawyer, offered condolences.
“Trooper Young put his life on the line daily for Vermonters and his loss is a great blow to the community. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to his fellow Troopers during this difficult time,” the Windsor County Democrat said in a statement.
Young’s LinkedIn account states he attended American Military University, where he majored in criminal justice and political science. He went on to serve from 2007 to 2011 in the U.S. Air Force doing security work.
He had completed his basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, the Watertown Times reported in September 2007. The paper said he was the son of Carlton Young of Brownville, New York, and Virginia Bauter of Watertown, New York.
Following his discharge, he said he worked for PSS/SGS, doing global integrated security for about two years before being hired by the state police, according to the LinkedIn profile.
Young received his high school diploma in 2005 at General Brown Central School in Dexter, New York, a suburb of Watertown.