Heatstroke ‘Accident’ Killed Trooper; Probe Starts

The preliminary cause of death for a state trooper who collapsed while trying out for the Vermont State Police Tactical Services Team in Jericho last week is listed as “exertional heatstroke,” according to his death certificate.

Trooper Kyle D. Young, 28, of Monkton was transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead about 3:10 p.m. Thursday.

The manner of death is classified as an “accident” on the death certificate by Dr. Steven Shaprio, Vermont’s chief medical examiner.

About three hours after disclosure of the cause of death, Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn announced he was ordering a wide-ranging investigation into the application and testing process for state troopers seeking to join special teams in the department.

Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan told the Burlington Free Press Monday that state police never told him what Young was doing when he collapsed.

It was unclear whether military authorities would investigate the death because the accident happened at the Ethan Allen Firing Range, a military facility.

Flynn, commissioner since January 2011, said he and Gov. Peter Shumlin want to have a full internal review.

“In consultation with the Governor, I have ordered a complete administrative review of the application processes and testing requirements for all Vermont State Police Special Purpose Teams while we await the final report and a complete understanding of what happened,” Flynn said.

From The Burlington Free Press