Family keeps vigil for Officer Young Wounded policeman praised by friends

September 20, 1992|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Staff Writer Staff writer Jonathan Bor contributed to this article.

As high-ranking police personnel, the mayor and other cit officials found themselves at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for the second day in a row yesterday to await word on a wounded policeman, Officer Jimmy Young's family kept their vigil outside the neurotrauma ward.

Officer Young, 26, a three-year veteran of the force, was shot Friday and critically wounded while responding to a call at the Flag House Courts public housing project in Southeast Baltimore.

His mother, father, 8-year-old son and friends congregated in a waiting room to hear the latest on his condition and said he spent a peaceful first night in the hospital.

One visitor, Fred Bullock, coached and taught Officer Young when he was a star athlete at Southwestern High School. A 1985 graduate, Officer Young was a state wrestling champion with an can-beat-him attitude" who also played running and defensive back for his high school football team and ran for the track team, Mr. Bullock said.

"Jimmy could do it all; he's a super guy with a super talent," said Mr. Bullock, who has known Officer Young since he was in junior high. "He kept a part-time job, got good grades and participated in sports."

It was Officer Young's desire to help people that led him to join the police force, Mr. Bullock said.

"Jimmy was always a do-the-right-thing kind of guy," he said. "He's a hard-working, honest person, who just wanted to help people."

Officer Young remained in critical but stable condition yesterday.

Dr. Thomas R. Smith, a trauma surgeon at the Shock Trauma Center, said that Officer Young opens his eyes spontaneously but he does not follow commands, such as being asked to squeeze a finger.

Doctors have inserted an instrument in Officer Young's brain to monitor swelling, one of the main dangers facing him now. So far, his brain pressure has remained constant, Dr. Smith said.

It is too early to predict the likelihood of Officer Young making a full recovery, Dr. Smith said.

Dr. Philip Militello, Shock Trauma's clinical director, said the officer would certainly have died had it not been for the paramedics and fellow officers who performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him.

April M. Allbrook, a police officer in the Central District who went to high school with Officer Young, visited her old friend yesterday.

"When they said his name yesterday I just broke down and cried," Officer Allbrook said. "You hear about this happening to other officers, but Jimmy was someone I knew."

Officer Allbrook managed Southwestern High School's championship wrestling team when Officer Young was the team's star member.

She said Officer Young stopped by to see her last month at a 7-Eleven store where she works part time.

"He tapped me on the shoulder and said, 'Be careful.' "

"When you see somebody you know, you say 'be careful,' " Officer Allbrook said. "Even if it isn't anybody you know, if they're in uniform, you're brothers and sisters."

CITY POLICE SHOT/KILLED/ASSAULTED/INJURED

Year .. .. .. Officers .. .. .. Officers .. .. .. Total .. .. . Total

.. .. .. .. .. .. shot .. .. .. . killed .. . assaulted .. .. Injured

1980 .. .. .. .. ... 5 .. .. .. .. ... 0 .. .. .. 1,369 .. .. ... 233

1981 .. .. .. .. ... 2 .. .. .. .. ... 1 .. .. .. 1,386 .. .. ... 193

1982 .. .. .. .. ... 1 .. .. .. .. ... 0 .. .. .. 1,562 .. .. ... 179

1983 .. .. .. .. ... 1 .. .. .. .. ... 0 .. .. .. 1,468 .. .. ... 141

1984 .. .. .. .. .. 10 .. .. .. .. ... 1 .. .. .. 1,595 .. .. ... 219

1985 .. .. .. .. ... 3 .. .. .. .. ... 2 .. .. .. 1,667 .. .. ... 201

1986 .. .. .. .. ... 2 .. .. .. .. ... 2 .. .. .. 1,665 .. .. ... 225

1987 .. .. .. .. ... 6 .. .. .. .. ... 0 .. .. .. 1,822 .. .. ... 240

1988 .. .. .. .. ... 4 .. .. .. .. ... 0 .. .. .. 1,855 .. .. ... 358

1989 .. .. .. .. ... 4 .. .. .. .. ... 1 .. .. .. 1,804 .. .. ... 306

1990 .. .. .. .. ... 8 .. .. .. .. ... 0 .. .. .. 1,737 .. .. ... 329

TOTALS .. .. .. ... 46 .. .. .. .. ... 7 .. .. . 17,930 .. .. . 2,624

AVERAGES .. .. ... 4.2 .. .. .. .. .. .6 .. .. .. 1,630 .. .. . 238.5

Source: Baltimore City Police Department, Planning and Research Division'sCrime Analysis Section, April 1991.

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