Const. Allan Young. Image courtesy of the Abbotsford Police Department.

Abbotsford police officer remembered for sense of humour after dying following off-duty assault

Const. Allan Young, 55, was assaulted in Nelson on July 16

Const. Allan Young is being remembered for his smile and sense of humour, after the Abbotsford police officer died in hospital Tuesday night following an assault in Nelson.

Young had been on life support in hospital since the incident, which took place last Thursday (July 16) while he was off duty. Nelson police say Young was struck with an object after approaching a 26-year-old man who “was causing a disturbance in the roadway.” Police haven’t identified the type of weapon used.

“It appears that one male was causing a disturbance in the roadway when the victim approached him and a physical altercation ensued,” the Nelson Police Department said in a news release. “The two parties did not know each other.”

The man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, the Nelson Police Department said. He could face more charges now that Young has died.

RELATED: Abbotsford police officer dies following off-duty assault in Nelson

It had been known for several days that Young wasn’t expected to survive.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our brother officer,” an APD news release said Monday. “His smile, personality and character cannot be replaced and will forever echo in our hallways.”

Abbotsford Police Chief Mike Serr echoed those thoughts Wednesday while speaking to the media.

“He brought an amazing sense of humour and a smile wherever he went,” Serr said. “He was very proud of serving and being a police officer.”

Young joined the department in 2004, after having previously served in the Toronto Police Service. He immigrated to Abbotsford in 1997 from Scotland, where he had previously served in the British Royal Navy as a marine engineering mechanic. In Abbotsford, Young spent time in patrol and the force’s drug enforcement unit.

Serr got acquainted with his sense of humour first-hand two years ago, while travelling with Young across the country to attend the funeral of two Fredericton, N.B., police officers killed in the line of duty. Serr, Young and two other officers encountered significant travel problems that derailed their trip.

“In that real difficult situation … Allan was absolutely an incredible person to be around,” Serr remembered.

He said he has been hearing many stories about Young’s sense of humour in recent days.

Young’s death comes with the memory of Const. John Davidson’s still fresh in the minds of many. Davidson was killed in 2017 while trying to stop a gunman who had opened fire at an Abbotsford strip mall. The trial of his killer only concluded last fall.

Serr said he is thankful for the support shown in recent days by members of the community, and by other police forces. He said the department is aware of the psychological toll on officers, and that members are encouraged to get mental health help and to assist each other in the days ahead.

abbotsfordPolice

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘Agitated’ man pulls out knife on 3 people in Abbotsford

Witnesses sought for incident on Monday night near city hall

Man charged with hit-and-run that killed pedestrian in Abbotsford

Man in his 50s died after being struck by vehicle on Highway 11 in October 2019

Mission RCMP say suspicious package at Welton Common was not a bomb

Explosives Disposal Unit x-rayed the item and determined it wasn’t dangerous

Vedder River gets reprieve from gravel removal this summer

Applications withdrawn by river management committee and process concluded for 2020

Body discovered in suspected arson on Mission property

IHIT investigating, asking for witnesses, dashcam footage

Canucks ride momentum into NHL playoff series against defending Stanley Cup champs

PREVIEW: Vancouver opens against St. Louis on Wednesday

Man, 54, charged in connection with fatal attack of Red Deer doctor

Doctor was killed in his walk-in clinic on Monday

One dead as fish boat sinks off southern Vancouver Island

Shawnigan Lake-registered Arctic Fox II went down off Cape Flattery, west of Victoria

42 more people test positive for COVID-19 in B.C.

The province has recorded no new deaths in recent days

Joe Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

Harris and Biden plan to deliver remarks Wednesday in Wilmington

Displaced tenant ‘heartbroken’ to find Langley City condo robbed after fire

Wedding rings of Michelle Buchan’s have since been recovered, but much is still missing

Canucks fan risks life to celebrate at Surrey intersection

‘All fun and games until somebody falls out an open side door of the van’

FoodMesh taking its emergency food recovery project nationwide

Pilot project in Chilliwack helped show that food surpluses could be diverted to charities in need

Most Read