Young Heading McConnellsburg PSP Station
Being 200 miles away from home doesn’t phase Kerby Young. In fact, as the newest station commander of the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Mc- Connellsburg, Sgt. Young’s experiences across the commonwealth will no doubt be a benefit to the small substation in rural Fulton County.
A native of Tioga County, Young grew up just north of Mansfield not far from the New York border. He attended Corning Community College in New York where he would eventually settle on a major and career in criminal justice.
Through this major, Young was able to get his first taste of being a cop, completing a 120-hour internship with the Lawrence Township Police Department in Tioga. Impressed with what they saw, the department offered to send him for additional schooling in municipal law enforcement.
Young would in turn spend one year as a municipal officer in Tioga County and an additional three years in Logan Township, Blair County. With a current population of around 12,000, Logan Township surrounds the city of Altoona offering a variety of crimes, people and venues such as the Altoona campus of Penn State University, the Logan Valley Mall and Logan Town Centre.
“ It was a busy place across a pretty big area,” said Young, 40. “I learned a lot.”
While Young said it was an excellent place to work, he found that the Pennsylvania State Police offered a wider range of opportunities as well as a chance for advancement. He would attend the Pennsylvania State Police Academy beginning in November 1996 and graduate the following year.
His assignments would take him across the commonwealth to stations in Chambersburg, Montoursville, Bowmansville, Coudersport and Mansfield, twice, before winding up here in Fulton County. Having recently made sergeant, Young’s career to date with the state police has been focused solely on the patrol units efforts.
“Patrol offers something different every day,” said Young, who referenced the daily interaction with people and still being first on the scene for major incidents, such as a homicide.
Looking forward to establishing himself locally, Young stated if it wasn’t for the state police he would never have had the opportunity to come to Fulton County.
“Troop G is a very proud troop and a close-knit group. I’m looking forward to being part of the Troop G family,” he added.