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Portrait Gallery: David Young, Utility Supervisor

David Young, FacilitiesWhen record-setting ice, snow and freezing temperatures closed the campus Feb. 1-4 and Feb. 9, Facilities Maintenance crews monitored buildings, plumbing and the operations of campus buildings.

The crews repaired water line breaks, helped stranded employees and spread sand on sidewalks and walkways, using 4 tons of ice melt and 2 tons of sand. Facilities staff managed rolling electricity blackouts and gas curtailments, dealt with broken city of Denton water pipes and kept heating systems operating.

Utilities Supervisor David Young, right, slept on a cot in his office for more than three days, so he could immediately respond to emergencies and quickly solve weather-related problems. 

What is your position, and how long have you worked for UNT?
Utility supervisor. I have worked for UNT for almost 30 years. 

What is your academic and professional background?

My professional background is in plumbing.

How long did you stay on campus?  Were you able to watch TV or movies?

I stayed on campus from Wednesday (Feb. 2) at 3:30 a.m., until Saturday night (Feb. 5) at 10:30 p.m. I stayed busy checking buildings, and checked news on the internet and read the paper.

If I hadn’t stayed on campus, there would have been long response times to problems and frozen buildings.  

Here’s what former Facilities Maintenance director Jeff Brown said  about your efforts:

“Due to David’s actions the university likely saved tens of thousands of dollars in repairs that would’ve been needed after damages.  Throughout the week, when most people were warm in the comforts of their home, David was sleeping on a cot every night in his office and would get up every couple of hours to make sure that the boiler systems were functioning correctly.  As soon as a problem was spotted, David responded without hesitation, no matter what the time of day or night was.

“It is this type of unselfish dedication and service that David has provided the university for decades.” Said UNT Police officer  Chris Turner. “While having a disregard for his own comfort, David rose above the call of duty to ensure that the university community received nothing less than outstanding service.”

Was your cot comfortable?

In extreme situations I can sleep anywhere.

What do you do in your free time?

I ride a motorcycle, and watch my grandkids play sports.

Tell us about your family.

I have two girls and four grandkids.

(Interview by Leslie Wimmer, News Promotions. Below, Gateway Center during the 2011 ice storm. Photo provided by Facilities and Construction.)

Gateway Center Feb. 2011 ice storm

Posted on: Mon 06 June 2011

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