Fallen GSP trooper honored with road dedication

Fallen GSP trooper honored with road dedication

FITZGERALD, GA (WALB) - A highway in Ben Hill County is now named in honor of a Georgia State Trooper killed in the line of duty.

Trooper James David Young is remembered for the love he had for his job and his service in making sure everyone made it home alive.

After 39 years, Trooper James David Young is honored for sacrificing his life patrolling the highways.

"Unfortunately his lost his life doing that. That sets home to me cause everyday that I leave home, I don't know if I'm going to be making it back," said Chad Woods, GSP Douglas.

State Route 107 and US 319 east in Fitzgerald is now called the James David Young Memorial Highway. Trooper Young died May 4, 1975 in Cordele after he took a man to jail to perform a breathalyzer test. He was killed when the man's brother arrived.

"They over powered my brother and got his pistol away and shot my brother twice. The dispatcher came out the side office and they shot and killed him too. The dispatcher's son became the Sheriff of Crisp County," said Harold Young.

After the dedication ceremony at the highway, Young's brother and his fellow troopers went to the cemetery to pay their respects to their fallen comrade.

"I was two years old when he passed away, but if his any indication of the Mr. Young that I met, he was a good Christian and we would've been friends," said Woods.

"He enjoyed meeting people and everyone seems to love him. Never had a bad thing to say about people," said Harold Young.

Youngs' brother says he took his job seriously and loved nothing more than to wear his uniform.

"He believed in what he was doing on and off the job. He put his whole heart in his career," said Young.

Over 50 troopers from the Georgia State Patrol attended Wednesday's dedication ceremony.

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