Kentucky State Police Trooper First Class Jason Young is a near 14-year veteran of the KSP.
Young, of Middlesboro, is part of the Post 10 STEP initiative (Selective Traffic Enforcement Program). The 38-year-old trooper’s career began like most — with his education. He graduated from Lee County High School in 1995 then attended Mountain Empire Community College for two years.
“Being a state trooper is all I ever wanted to be,” Young said. “There’s nothing else I’d rather do.” To him, helping those in need and protecting the unprotected of the Commonwealth is most important.
Throughout his career, no case stands out to him in particular. He said what will be most memorable to him will be when he retires. After his career is over he said his memories will be of the people he helped in their time of need.
“Being able to go to work every day and make a difference in someone’s life will be most memorable to me. It’s a good feeling,” Young said.
KSP Post 10 Commander P.J. Burnett has nothing but high regard for Young. He said since Young was assigned to the STEP program injury and fatal crashes have steadily declined in Bell, Knox, and Harlan counties.
“His dedication has resulted in safer roadways for our citizens,” Burnett said.
He also said that Young’s dedication and efforts have paid off with the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety during their annual awards banquets, because Young has been recognized numerous times.
In regard to his career and personal feelings about the job, Young said, “I enjoy my job and take pride in being one of the few that is part of the ‘thin gray line.’”
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