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Off-Duty Firefighters, Citizens Pulled Fallen Officer From Car Crash

Officer Chris Yung, who died in a fiery car crash Monday, was driving through a green light when another driver crashed into his motorcycle, Prince William County Police said.

Prince William County Officer Chris Yung was driving through a green light on his motorcycle and had his sirens and lights on when he was fatally struck by another driver Monday afternon, investigators have confirmed. 

Two off-duty members of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and two other citizens pulled Yung from the fiery crash that ensued at 2:04 p.m. They administered CPR until Prince William County Fire and Rescue personnel were able to transport Yung to a hospital, where he died. 

Yung was an officer with the department for seven years. He was assigned to the Traffic Unit as a motorcycle officer. He previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is survived by his wife, three children and other family members. 

Yung was on his way to respond to a separate crash at Fauquier Drive and Reid Lane in Bristow, when a 69-year-old Gainesville woman driving a Dodge Caravan hit his motorcycle, police said. Investigators found that the woman made a left-hand turn from northbound Nokesville Road into the shopping center at Piper Lane, and crossed in front of the officer, who was traveling southbound. 

"The officer was on his department motorcycle with the emergency equipment activated, including lights and siren. As a result of the crash, the van and motorcycle caught fire," Officer Jonathan Perok, a spokesman for the Prince William County Police Department, said in a press release. 

No charges have been filed against the driver of the Dodge Caravan. Neither she or her passenger were injured. Police continue to investigate the accident. 

"The Prince William County police department would like to recognize the Virginia State Police, Prince William County Sheriff's Office, Manassas City Police Department, and the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue for their assistance, and also the citizens who risked their own lives to help," Perok said, in the release. 

"Acting Chief Barry Barnard continues to ask for the public's thoughts and prayers as the department copes with the loss of a colleague and friend." 

Prince William County police and the public planned to gather Tuesday evening near the scene of the accident for a candlelight vigil to remember Yung. He is the third officer in the history of the department to die in the line of duty.

debbie haight January 02, 2013 at 02:27 PM
I am a wife and mother of both police and fire and rescue personnel. I ask as you read the story you keep the Yung family in your prayers, but most importantly you keep this incident in you thoughts the next time you're behind the wheel of a car. Look and listen, and for heavens sake, pull over when you see units responding. This tragedy could have been avoided.
J. Schneider January 03, 2013 at 02:11 AM
No charges filed? How does this apply to any accidents that may happen to other drivers? Our prayers and condolences to the family.
Dee Curlee January 03, 2013 at 03:48 AM
I am so very sorry for the family's loss. Certainly, this did not have to happen. Please drivers, listen as well as look when you are behind the wheel.
Frank Marshall January 04, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Condolences to the family
Parent January 05, 2013 at 12:37 AM
debbie haight....hopefully your words will echo throughout the community and beyond. It is time to get back to common sense behind the driver seat!!!!!!!!!!!!! This young man should not have been taken away from his comrades but most importantly his family because of the lack of responsibility when driving........... Heartfelt condolences :(
Joseph P Cirone January 05, 2013 at 06:29 PM
The fact that "off-duty" firefighters were among those rushing to help does not surpise me and goes to show that as firefighters and cops, we are never truly "off-duty." We chose our profession because we want to help people and we do - day and night, on-duty or off, wherever and whenever. Now, in all fairness and wearing my news reporter hat, it would be proper for the names of the citizens (and the firefighters) to also be published as all deserve recognition for their heroic deed in a follow up story.
Mary Stachyra Lopez January 05, 2013 at 09:05 PM
I think so, too, Joseph. I'd really like to interview them, if/when they feel ready for that.

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