By Democrat reporter
A police officer who was born in Dumbarton has died in Canada after being attacked by a man with a weapon while trying to intervene in a disturbance.
Police Constable Allan Young was off-duty when he was set upon by a man in the city of Nelson, British Columbia, last Thursday.
The 26-year-old suspect has since been arrested, although more details on the incident are currently not known.
Veteran cop Allan, 55, was put on life support, and local radio reported that he was not expected to survive the ordeal.
He died in hospital surrounded by his family on Tuesday night.
A spokesperson for Abbotsford Police, where he worked, led tributes to their fallen “brother” who “cannot be replaced.”
Sergeant Judy Bird said: “This has left our entire department and community without words. This is very, very sad for us.
“Even if you knew Allan or not, wherever he went he went with a smile on his face.
“He always made you smile. If you weren’t in the best of moods and he walked in the room, he was contagious.
“He had a joke to crack, he had a laugh. He was just a lovely, lovely soul. His energy will be missed.”
Allan was born and raised in Dumbarton before entering the Royal Navy as a marine engineering mechanic at the age of 16.
Allan went on to join the Abbotsford Police Department in 2004, spending his 16 years with the department on patrol as well as the Drug Enforcement Unit.
Chief Constable, Mike Serr, took to Twitter following the sad news, saying: “With a heavy heart our #AbbyPD family says goodbye to Cst Allan Young.”