A Prince William County Police officer who was killed in the line of duty on the last day of 2012 was honored Tuesday when his name was added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
Chris Yung, 35, was killed on Dec. 31, 2012, when he was struck and killed while responding to a call in Bristow. He was a seven-year veteran of the department and only the third member of the county's police force to be killed in the line of duty.
"Chris had an infectious smile that impacted everyone he met," says Chief Steve Hudson of the Prince William County police. "He didn't go through any single day or any encounter with people that he dealt with without letting them experience that smile."
A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Yung has been remembered by family and friends as someone with a bright smile and "exemplary professionalism."
"We miss him a lot and we'd rather not have his name on the wall," says Edward Yun, Yung's father. "But it's a great tribute to him."
Yung is survived by his wife, Robin, and three children.
Yung was one of two law enforcement officers who were honored Tuesday. Margaret Anderson, a National Park Service Ranger, was shot and killed on New Year's Day while on duty at Mount Rainier National Park on Washington. In total, 321 will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, this year which is located at 4th and F streets Northwest.
"He was always one of those guys you could always count on to do whatever needed to get done," says David Endrizzi of the Prince William County Police. " It's another one of many sad days today."
All 321 names added to the wall this spring will be read at a candlelight vigil on May 13. In total, 19,981 fallen officers have their names engraved.