Sen. Zorn memorializes Officer Darrian Young

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Tuesday gave a memorial tribute on the Senate floor during session in honor of the life and service of Monroe County Animal Control Officer Darrian Young, who died early Saturday from injuries sustained in the line of duty after being hit by a suspected drunken driver.

“The people of Monroe County were deeply saddened to hear about the death of Officer Darrian Young. She was just 24 years old,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Officer Young was an enthusiastic animal lover and had a lifelong passion for horses. Darrian started riding at age 5, won two regional championships at the age of 12, and went to state two years with her Airport High School equestrian team. She owned, trained and rehomed over 100 horses — often purchasing tough horses at auction, training them and then providing them new homes.

“Recently, she had achieved her dream of owning a horse farm with her fiancé, Zach Farris, and she was planning on having her wedding on the farm. In addition to loving animals, Officer Young loved antiquing and the outdoors. She was also quite a practical jokester — even though her smile often let you know something was up.”

Zorn recognized Young’s family in attendance during Senate session, including Young’s fiancé Zach Farris, father Aaron Young, stepfather Brad Kampath and mother Tammy Kampath.

“It is hard to express the sorrow felt by the entire community after losing someone so young and full of life,” Zorn said. “I ask that you please keep Darrian’s parents, her fiancé, their families, and her colleagues at the Monroe County Sheriff’s office in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with this devastating loss.”

Zorn ended with requesting a moment of silence in tribute to Young.

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Editor’s note: Video of Zorn’s tribute is available by clicking on the image or at www.SenatorDaleZorn.com/Video.