Lee Youngman is a Ramapo police detective; Frank Youngman is an Orangetown patrol officer and spent several years on the Spring Valley force.
Two of Lee Youngman's
sons are Ramapo police officers.
Born in Brooklyn in 1933, Youngman
moved to the Happy Valley School children's home in Pomona six years later.In 1951, at 17, he
enlisted in the Marine Corps and fought in the Korean War.He
received two Bronze Stars for valor and two Purple Hearts, Lee Youngman
future wife, Joyce, at the Happy Valley children's home.They were married for 52 years and had eight children, 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.After serving in Korea, Youngman worked for three years as a lineman for Rockland Light and Power, now Orange and Rockland Utilities Inc.
Orangetown Police Chief Red Lewis recruited him to the force in 1956.He was promoted to sergeant in 1969 and joined the detective bureau as a sergeant in 1971.
In an interview with The Journal News
retirement in January 1990, Youngman
said one of his
proudest moments as a police officer came on April 30, 1973.
On that day he
captured two suspects 20 minutes after they killed two men on the Palisades Interstate Parkway.
"I figured they'd be heading south, and sure enough their car broke down and they abandoned it on 9W," he
told the paper.
will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.