Firefighter dies in ‘catastrophic accident’ while teaching swiftwater rescue in North Carolina | Today Headlines

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A firefighter and mother of two from Virginia died while leading a swiftwater rescue course in North Carolina on Saturday, June 25.

Alicia A. Monahan, 41, was an “11+ year veteran” of Chesterfield County Fire and Emergency Medical Services, the department wrote in a Facebook post. She leaves behind two sons and a fiancée.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to Alicia’s family, friends and co-workers during this very difficult time,” the department wrote. “Further details regarding arrangements and any needs the family may have will be provided as they become available.”

The Virginia Search and Rescue Dog Association, of which Monahan was also a member, said she “suffered a catastrophic accident” while teaching a swiftwater rescue course in North Carolina. The group did not say what led to the crash or provide other details.

Authorities did not say where the crash occurred in North Carolina. McClatchy News contacted the Virginia Search and Rescue Dog Association for clarification.

The association described Monahan as “a wonderful and caring person”.

“Alicia was more than a teammate, she was also a personal friend to many of us and this loss is unimaginable,” he said.

The Chesterfield Professional Fire Fighters Association also published an article about her death, saying “our thoughts and prayers are with Alicia’s fiancée and her two sons, friends, family and colleagues.”

“The next few days, weeks and months will be very trying for everyone who knew Alicia,” he wrote. “Please (feel free) to reach out to Peer Support as we go through this difficult time. As more information is released, it will be shared.

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