LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has granted Sen. Dale Zorn’s request to lower the U.S. flags in Michigan to half-staff on Friday, June 12 in honor of Monroe County Sheriff Deputy Darrian Young.
Young died June 6 at age 24 from injuries sustained in the line of duty when her marked Animal Control Division vehicle was hit by a suspected drunken driver.
“Darrian Young was a dedicated officer and avid animal lover who tragically lost her life far too soon while serving her community,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Officer Young had so much ahead of her. She had a job she loved; she had recently bought a horse farm with her fiancé; and she was planning her wedding. The shock and sadness of losing someone so young is hard to comprehend.
“I thank the governor for helping recognize the life of this brave and honorable woman as her family, friends and community prepare to say goodbye.”
Zorn sent the governor a letter requesting the half-staff flag tribute on June 12 or 13 to coincide either with a wake for Young’s family and friends or her funeral. On Thursday, Whitmer approved the request.
On Tuesday, Zorn memorialized Young on the Senate floor during session, which was attended by Young’s fiancé Zach Farris, father Aaron Young, stepfather Brad Kampath and mother Tammy Kampath.