County fire department mourning loss of fire captain
Photo: Image by COURTESY OF CLARK COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Clark County Fire Department is mourning the loss of the man who became the youngest paramedic in the state of Nevada at the age of 19 and served the people of Clark County for many years.
Clark County Fire Captain Paul John Young, age 55, passed away on Sept. 22, 2012.
Young was born in Bourdeux, France, on Oct. 17, 1956. His father was an engineer in the military and Paul took great pride in his father's military service, which included several patents and action on the beaches of Normandy.
Young was a long-time Las Vegas resident. He graduated from Clark County in 1974. At the age of 19, he became the youngest paramedic in the state of Nevada.
Young spent 13 years as a paramedic in California and Nevada before becoming a firefighter with the Clark County Fire Department in 1988. He served as a paramedic and an engineer before finally becoming a fire captain.
Young married Jan in 2001. Together they had a daughter, Nicole Danielle Young.
Young and his wife traveled the world extensively and Young enjoyed fine wine, gourmet food and exotic locales.
According to the CCFD, not only was Young devoted to his family and friends but he was passionate about his role as a fire captain and paramedic and was devoted to the residents of Clark County.
He both loved and was loved by his crews at Fire Station 31 and, prior to that, Fire Station 16.
Young was preceded in death by his parents John and Helen. He will be laid to rest Thursday with full fire department honors in a grave next to a former member of his crew, Richard Washington.
A viewing, open to the public, will take place tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. at Davis Memorial Park Mausoleum, 6200 S. Eastern Ave.
Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at Hope Baptist Church, 850 S. Cactus Drive. Graveside services will immediately follow with a fire department procession back to Davis Memorial park.