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Distinguished Alumni: Chief Victor Young, Class of 1988



Victor Young is a highly respected figure in Baldwin County, Georgia, where he has served at the Baldwin County Fire Department for over 30 years. As an alumnus of Baldwin High School, where he graduated in 1988, Young has a deep sense of pride for his alma mater. He was among the last to graduate from the school when it was still located on South Irwin Street in the old building. He played football, track, and baseball as a student, and credits his teachers and coaches with instilling in him the values of direction, respect, and discipline that have served him well throughout his life.


After completing his high school education, Young had intended to attend Albany State. However, during his orientation, a family tragedy brought him back home to care for both his parents and he was hired to work at the Baldwin County Fire Station on December 5th, 1989, by none other than his former recreation football coach, Chief Smokey Veal, who saw the potential in him as a student. "I've always been taught to be nice, and to treat people with the utmost respect," Young said, "later, when my old football coach hired me, he said 'when your name came across my desk, I said is that the same Victor Young that I coached in football? If so, I'm going to hire that man.' So I tell young people that what you do today, will affect your future tomorrow."

Over the years, Young has worked his way up through the ranks of the fire department, committing himself to a life of education along the way. He holds associate's degrees in Fire Management and Criminal Justice, and his dedication to his profession has earned him widespread respect and admiration. " Chief Veal knew that I wanted to go back to school and get my degree," Young said, "and my goal was to be a probation officer. I always wanted a job where I could help people in some aspect. So, he allowed me to go to Georgia Military College and get my degree."

"I've always been taught to be nice, and to treat people with the utmost respect."

In 2019, Young made history when he was appointed as the first Black Fire Chief of Baldwin County Fire Rescue. This achievement was a testament to his hard work, determination, and leadership abilities, and it paved the way for other people of color to pursue similar opportunities in the field of protective services.

Young's wife, Latonja Young, is also an accomplished professional. She achieved her Doctorate from the University of Alabama and now works as a nurse practitioner for the Dublin VA. Together, they make a formidable team, and have become well-known throughout the community for their commitment to public service.

Despite his many accomplishments, Young remains deeply committed to Baldwin High School and the role it played in shaping his life. He continues to be involved with the school through his work as State of Georgia District Representative and a member of Communities in Schools and he encourages young people to pursue their dreams with the same dedication and enthusiasm that he has brought to his own career. For Young, Baldwin High School will always be a source of pride and inspiration, and he is proud to be a part of its legacy.





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