KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. — It was a year ago The 167th Airlift Wing airman Logan Young was fatally injured while responding to a barn fire near Kearneysville. That blaze was later determined to have been intentionally set.
The 30-year-old Senior Airman had joined West Virginia Air National Guard in 2018 and served as a fire fighter in the 167th Civil Engineer Squadron. He enlisted into the United States Air Force in 2011 and served on active duty in the security forces (military police) career field before transitioning into the WVANG according to a statement from the West Virginia National Guard.
James Hoyer was State Adjutant General at the time and said of Airman Young, “He epitomized what our guardsman and our first responders epitomize, and that is selfless service and dedication to our families and our communities to make the world a better place.”
Young was employed full time at the 167th Airlift Wing as a Military Authority Fire Fighter. He was a combat veteran and had previously deployed to the Middle East in 2014. He was the recipient of the numerous awards and decorations to include the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Service Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal. He was a resident of Martinsburg, West Virginia, and was survived by his mother, father, brother, fiancée and their daughter, who was born this year.
On Monday, fire stations across the Panhandle commemorated the one year anniversary of Young’s death in a series of tributes on social media. There is still a $23,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Young’s death. If you have any information call The West Virginia Fire Marshal’s Office at 1-800-233-3473.
The 167th Airlift Wing fire crew was one of several that responded to the barn fire in the 3800 block of Charles Town Road.