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Addison County state police trooper dies in training

MONKTON — Vermont State Police Trooper Kyle Young died on the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 17, following a medical event during training at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho.
Young, a 28-year-old Monkton resident, was assigned to the New Haven Barracks and thus provided law enforcement services throughout Addison County.
The Independent reached out to VSP Lt. Michael Manley, commander of the New Haven barracks, but he was unavailable for comment as the newspaper went to press early Friday afternoon. Many of Young’s fellow troopers from New Haven and around the state made the trip to the hospital Thursday in support of Young and his family.
“A tragedy such as this is difficult to fathom, and I stand with Kyle’s family as they come to grips with his loss,” Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn said through a press release on Friday. “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.”
Trooper Young is survived by his two children, a partner, and parents and family in Watertown, N.Y.
It was at approximately 2 p.m. on an unseasonably hot, humid Thursday that Young collapsed during training at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho. Young was subsequently rushed to the UVM Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 3 p.m. Upon learning of the incident, state police Director Col. Matthew Birmingham and Commissioner Flynn immediately rushed to the hospital.  Upon learning of Trooper Young’s passing, they began the process of notifying family and fellow state police troopers across the state, according to the press release.
“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.”
Young began his career with the VSP on Jan. 13, 2014. Before that, Young was a protective security specialist/security guard supervisor for Global Integrated Security and worked in security for the U.S. Air Force, according to his profile on the LinkedIn website.
Arrangements are under way to return Young’s remains to his native Watertown, N.Y., for burial, according to state police.
“We remember Kyle as a caring and dedicated father and partner and honorable Vermont State Trooper, who cared greatly for his family and community,” the VSP release concludes.

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