KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. — The 167th Airlift Wing airman who was fatally injured while responding to a barn fire early Sunday morning has been identified.
30-year-old Senior Airman Logan Young joined the 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 Monday morning.
He 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 is survived by his mother, father, brother and fiancée.
The 167th Airlift Wing fire crew was one of several that responded to the barn fire in the 3800 block of Charles Town Road.
It is unconfirmed, but some neighbors believe they heard an explosion before a mayday was called.
At least three other fire fighters were taken to be treated for their injuries.
One of the other injuries happened to a firefighter with the Martinsburg Fire Department. In a social media post , the Martinsburg Fire Fighters IAFF Local 805 confirmed one of their members had been injured and was receiving medical care. He is expected to recover. “The City and the Union are supporting him and his family,” the post said.
The blaze broke out just before 2 Sunday morning; the State Fire Marshal’s office says it was intentionally set and is now looking for the public’s help in finding the person or persons responsible.
They believe a fire that broke out half an hour earlier about three miles away from the barn fire was also intentionally set.
The state Fire Marshal’s Office said anyone with information about the fires should call the West Virginia Arson Hotline at (800) 233-3473. There is a reward of up to $5,000 for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.