UPDATE (Dec. 28 (10:30 a.m.)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A firefighter assigned to the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg was fatally injured Dec. 27, 2020, during a mutual aid response call to a structure fire with the 167th Fire Department. That firefighter has been identified as Senior Airman Logan Young.

“This is an extremely sad day for West Virginia, especially two days after Christmas. I ask all West Virginians to join Cathy and I in praying for Logan Young’s family and the entire West Virginia National Guard family. Logan stepped up to defend our country and protect our freedoms, and served as a first responder here at home. We owe everything we have to brave men and women like him. We will do everything we can to provide support to his family and will never forget his service and sacrifice to this great State and to our great Country.”

Governor Jim Justice

Senior Airman Young, 30, joined the West Virginia Air National Guard in 2018 and served as a
fire fighter in the 167th Civil Engineer Squadron. He enlisted into the United States Air Force in
2011 and served on active duty in the security forces career field before transitioning into the WVANG.

He was employed full time at the 167th Airlift Wing as a Military Authority Fire Fighter. He was a combat veteran and had previously deployed to the Middle East in 2014. He was the recipient of the numerous awards and decorations to include the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Service Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal.

He was a resident of Martinsburg, West Virginia, and is survived by his mother, father, brother and fiancée.

On behalf of the entire West Virginia National Guard, Amy and I extended our deepest
sympathies to Logan’s family and friends during this difficult time. To lose such a talented and dedicated young Airman is truly a tragedy. Logan was a hero in every sense of the word and lived out the Air Force values of service before self in all that he did, which was on full display at the time of his passing. His service to his community as a first responder and member of the Guard will always be remembered. Our prayers are with his family, friends and the members of the 167th Airlift Wing. Our focus will be to provide every ounce of support we can to his family going forward as they have sacrificed so much.”

Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, West Virginia Adjutant General

Our 167th Airlift Wing family is heartbroken over the tragic loss of Senior Airman Logan
Young and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time. We are grateful for Logan’s willingness to serve our country, our state, and our community. As a First Responder answering the call to support a local emergency, a finer example of commitment to service as a citizen airman could not be found. His fellow firefighters described him as a quiet professional with a great heart who loved to help people and serve his country.”

Col. Marty Timko, commander of the 167th Airlift Wing

The 167th Airlift Wing performs more approximately 100 to 150 mutual aid agreement calls
each year in the local community, according to release.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has determined the cause of the fire to be arson and continue to investigate with the help of the West Virginia State Police.

Anyone with any information is urged to call the West Virginia Arson Hotline at (800) 233-3473. There is a reward of up to $5,000 for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.


ORIGIONAL (Dec. 27 10:30 a.m.)

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. – A West Virginia Air National Guard Airman, assigned to the 167th
Airlift Wing in Martinsburg, was fatally injured on Sunday, Dec. 27.

The airman was injured during a mutual aid response call to a structure fire with the 167th Fire Department.

The name of the service member has not been released at this time.

Stay tuned with WBOY 12 News, as more information becomes available.