When Chris Yung decided seven years ago that he wanted to join the Prince William County Police Department, he asked his parents’ blessing.
“We didn’t like it,” Edward Yung said of his middle son, who had returned unscathed after serving with the Marine Corps in Iraq. “But his mom’s idea was, if he was spared the war, he should be pretty safe.”
Still, Yung’s parents knew police work is inherently dangerous. Four members of the Yung family are or were Prince William police officers: Chris, his wife, Robin; his younger brother, Dale Yung, and Dale’s wife, Nancy.
During an interview this week at the family’s home in Manassas, Edward Yung said he always felt a sense of relief when Chris or Dale would drop by.
“The minute they walked out the door, we had that worry again,” their father said.
It sounds like a cliché to say the outpouring of support from the community has been overwhelming since Chris Yung’s police motorcycle collided with a minivan on New Year’s Eve in a fiery crash on Va. 28 at Sowder Village Drive. In this case, it’s true – and it’s what the family is holding on to as they face life without Chris, a 35-year-old father of three.
“We can’t put into words how thankful we are, how much you did for us,” Edward Yung said.
Read the whole story -- including why Chris Yung volunteered for mortuary affairs in Iraq and how his family learned of his death -- in the first issue of Prince William Today, printing tomorrow, Jan. 10 2013.