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Firefighter Honored After Losing Life to Brain Tumor, Escorted To Donate His Organs


After battling an aggressive brain tumor, 31-year-old Colorado firefighter Cody Mooney died on March 2, leaving behind his pregnant wife, Emily, and their four children.

In an unbearably painful moment, South Metro Fire Rescue firefighter Mooney was escorted by family, friends and hospital staff as his body was wheeled down a hallway to donate his organs.

His death is a heartbreaking blow to the community that has rallied around the Mooney family since his diagnosis in 2017.

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Sam Phelps, a fellow firefighter, launched a GoFundMe campaign for the family, faithfully updating everyone on Mooney’s status over the months.

“This man is who you dream of having as a friend, husband, father, son and brother,” Phelps wrote. “I wouldn’t want anyone less coming to my rescue.”

Mooney had brain surgery in February to remove as much of the tumor as possible.

He contracted a surgical site infection that caused an aneurysm in his brain, leading to a stroke.

Phelps posted a heartbreaking message from Emily Mooney, who has been relying on her Christian faith to see her through this tragedy.

“My sweet precious love finished his fight strong and is in the arms of Jesus,” she said. “He took so much of me with him.”

“But our fight isn’t over,” she continued. “And we will keep fighting just as hard in the days to come, in honor of him.”

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Two of Mooney’s children are medically fragile, and the family needs a financial miracle to cover the costs of Mooney’s medical bills and the future medical needs of his children. He was the sole provider for his family.

Friends and family describe Mooney as a man who was a friend to everyone.

“The amount of people we’ve seen coming through the hospital is a testament to his character and who he was,” Phelps told KCNC-TV.

Mooney’s father, Kevin Mooney, said his son’s goal in life was to serve others.

“He would do this for anybody else. He would be there if you needed it,” Kevin Mooney said. “He gave his heart, he always gave his heart.”

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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