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Mysterious death of mother-of-two and veteran firefighter after ‘suffering a catastrophic accident’ while teaching

MYSTERY surrounds the death of a firefighter and mother of two, who died while teaching a water rescue course.

Alicia Monahan, 41, had served Chesterfield County Fire & EMS for over 11 years and recently helped recover a body from a tank in March.

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Alicia Monahan, 41, died while teaching a training course on June 25Credit: Chesterfield County Fire and EMS/Facebook
Monahan was wearing full protective gear when she entered the water and suddenly became unresponsive, first responders said

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Monahan was wearing full protective gear when she entered the water and suddenly became unresponsive, first responders saidCredit: Chesterfield County Fire and EMS/Facebook

On June 25, Monahan was training a group of firefighters and firefighters in swift water rescue techniques on the Nantahala River in North Carolina.

According to Chesterfield Fire, Monahan knew the area well and taught several classes in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia while on leave.

Participants in the training course said that at one point it seemed like Monahan was having trouble in the water.

Chesterfield Fire said Monahan entered the river around 3 p.m. in full protective gear.

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For reasons still unknown, Monahan became unresponsive.

Chesterfield Fire said she was carried downstream by currents before being pulled out of the water by people performing CPR.

Douglas Hardy told 8News of his split decision to try to save the woman’s life.

“I didn’t know if it was a boy or a girl at first,” he said.

“I just saw a helmet floating and face down in the water and it was like I knew I only had seconds to reach it.”

Hardy said he performed CPR on Monahan after shooting her on his boat.

“I started doing the chest compressions and checking him out. I couldn’t see anything abnormal, but she wasn’t breathing and I could see her pupils were dilated,” he said.

Despite these efforts, Monahan was transported to a Bryson City area hospital, where she was pronounced dead, Chesterfield Fire said.

“The positive impact she had on her family and friends, our organization, our community and everyone she met will live on forever. Alicia, we miss you! the agency said in a statement.

“In recent years, she has actively prepared for greater leadership responsibilities, completing a long-term acting lieutenant assignment at Bon Air Fire Station, and has been a candidate for promotion to lieutenant. .”

Monahan is survived by her fiancé and two sons.

Chesterfield County Fire & EMS Chief Loy Center went on to say his untimely passing weighed heavily on many hearts.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to her fiancé, her two sons, her extended family and many friends,” Center said.

“Her colleagues continue to meet the needs of the family while providing uninterrupted emergency services to the community Alicia loved and where she grew up and lived.

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“While she will always be remembered for her dedication to duty and unparalleled service to others, her legacy will be the inspiration she gave to countless young women considering a career in the fire service. or the pursuit of causes greater than themselves.”

Monahan’s sudden death remains a mystery and a Nantahala National Forest investigation is currently underway, the Macon County Emergency Services Director said.

An inquest into his death is currently underway.

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An inquest into his death is currently underway.Credit: Chesterfield County Fire and EMS/Facebook
She is survived by her fiancé and her two sons.

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She is survived by her fiancé and her two sons.Credit: Chesterfield County Fire and EMS/Facebook