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WVa Guard member who died responding to fire identified

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities have identified a West Virginia Air National Guard member who died while helping firefighters respond to the scene of a blaze that had been intentionally set.

Senior Airman Logan Young of the 167th Airlift Wing died Sunday while responding to the fire in Kearneysville, the West Virginia National Guard said in a statement Monday.

“Logan stepped up to defend our country and protect our freedoms, and served as a first responder here at home,” Gov. Jim Justice said in a statement. “We owe everything we have to brave men and women like him.”

Young, 30, a Martinsburg resident, joined the Air National Guard in 2018 and served as a fire fighter in the 167th Civil Engineer Squadron. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 2011, was deployed to the Middle East in 2014, and worked as a military police officer before transitioning into the Air National Guard, where he was employed full time as a fire fighter.

The fatal fire was connected to a nearby fire at another vacant structure reported about 20 minutes earlier, the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office said in a statement. Investigators determined both were the result of arson.