A veteran Virginia firefighter died over the weekend after a “catastrophic” accident occurred whereas she was educating a water security course.
The Chesterfield County Fireplace and EMS first reported the information on Saturday evening, stating in a Fb publish that Alicia A. Monahan, 41, had died unexpectedly whereas off responsibility. Assigned to the Engine 207-B shift, Monahan was an 11-year veteran of the division. The division’s publish additionally famous that she was engaged to be married and leaves behind two sons.
“Our prayers and full help are together with her fiancée and each her sons,” the publish learn. “Our hearts and prayers exit to Alicia’s household, buddies, and colleagues throughout this very troublesome time.”
Shortly after the EMS publish, the Virginia Search and Rescue Canine Affiliation (VRSDA) revealed in its personal Fb publish that Monahan had died earlier on Saturday whereas educating a swift-water rescue course in North Carolina. Whereas the precise particulars of her accident haven’t but been reported, the group characterised it as “a catastrophic accident.”
“Alicia was greater than a teammate she was additionally a private pal to many people and this loss is unimaginable,” the VRSDA publish learn. “Our ideas and prayers exit to Alicia’s two sons, her fiancée, her household, in addition to her many buddies and colleagues. Alicia was a beautiful, caring individual…a lovely, vibrant gentle went out right now and our hearts are damaged.”
Chesterfield County Fireplace and EMS ended its assertion on Monahan’s passing by noting that additional preparations will probably be introduced within the close to future, together with any wants that her household may need. In its personal publish, the Chesterfield Skilled Fireplace Fighters Affiliation confirmed that its charitable group is working to supply the household with any assist that it wants.
The affiliation additionally stated that donations from the general public may be made straight on its web site, or by way of checks mailed to the next handle: Chesterfield Skilled Firefighters Charitable Basis, P.O. Field 812, Chesterfield, Virginia 23832, with “Alicia Monahan” written on the particular directions line. All donations will go straight towards serving to her household. Chesterfield County Fireplace and EMS can even be accepting donations straight at their stations.
Newsweek reached out to Chesterfield County Fireplace and EMS for remark.
One other off-duty firefighter additionally not too long ago died in a freak accident whereas on trip together with his household. Casey Sudkin, a firefighter from New York, was visiting the Biltmore Property vacationer attraction in Asheville, North Carolina, final week when he was killed by a falling tree limb whereas driving.