GREENBURGH, N.Y. In the mid-80s, the Greenburgh Police Department was searching for a rapist. Things were harder for detectives then, without DNA testing or advanced technology. Nevertheless, Detective James Young was able to make a positive identification of the rapist using a fingerprint that he found on the inside of a glove.
Young received many commendations for his work as a detective, especially regarding that case. Wednesday night's town board meeting offered a moment of silence to celebrate Young's achievements as a friend and a member of the Greenburgh Police Department. He passed away on Nov. 21 at the age of 70.
"I worked with him for several years," said Police Chief Joseph DeCarlo earlier that afternoon. "He really took pride in learning the job. He was the guy who had all the answers to questions. He really just studied the job, the books. He was very meticulous."
Young, who was in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1969, was hired by the Greenburgh Police Department in 1971. He rose from the ranks of an officer to a detective before becoming a patrol sergeant.
"He really knew the job," DeCarlo said. "There are some people who you can always go to and they have the answers. He really did know the job and how to handle things. He was a good officer."
A life-long Ardsley resident, Young retired from the force in 1991 and moved to Florida shortly after.
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