Even while dying from an aggressive brain tumor, Colorado firefighter Cody Mooney kept working to save lives.
That’s why he was given a final goodbye fit for one who serves.
The 31-year-old father of four with one on the way was surrounded by a procession of firefighters and friends after passing away and being transported by hospital staff to donate his organs.
(1) Saving lives even after his last breath, Firefighter Cody Mooney was honored by family, friends, fellow firefighters and hospital staff @LittletonHosp tonight while being escorted to donate organs after losing his courages fight against an aggressive brain tumor. pic.twitter.com/vyf53wAWOF
— South Metro Fire Rescue (@SouthMetroPIO) March 3, 2019
“Saving lives even after his last breath, firefighter Cody Mooney was honored by family, friends fellow firefighters and hospital staff @LittletonHosp tonight while being escorted to donate organs after losing his courages (SIC) fight against an aggressive brain tumor,” South Metro Fire Rescue tweeted.
“Saving lives even after his last breath, firefighter Cody Mooney was honored by family, friends fellow firefighters and hospital staff @LittletonHosp tonight while being escorted to donate organs after losing his courages (SIC) fight against an aggressive brain tumor. South Metro personnel are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Cody and will continue to support his family through this difficult time.”
Mooney’s wife, Emily Mooney, was at her husband’s side when a heartbreaking video captured his final act of service of donating his organs.
Her husband was diagnosed with a tumor growing on his brainstem.
He later suffered complications from surgery and passed away.
“I hope they remember me as a man who was devoted to the things in my life: God, family, friends, and fun,” Emily Mooney said, reading from her husband’s journal during his memorial service, according to 9 News.
Mooney began dating his wife during their freshman year of high school and they were married for a decade.
“He was not larger than life: he was ours,” Emily Mooney said.
“He had a life as a husband and father, and he was just another guy. He was your neighbor, your friend, your son, and he was my precious husband. I will always miss him, love him, and long for him.”
Emily remembers her husband for his love of Jesus Christ, his love of the outdoors, and deeply meaningful relationships.
“The amount of people we’ve seen coming through the hospital is a testament to his character and who he was,” fellow firefighter Sam Phelps told CBS Denver.
The service at Mission Hills Church in Littleton was even attended by those whose lives were saved by Mooney when he worked for South Metro Fire Rescue.
Firefighter Dave Petau spoke about Mooney’s time training as a firefighter and how he would be training and running up and down the stairs before anyone else had arrived.
He also spoke about how Mooney saved a man from cardiac arrest.
“While it was a team effort that night, I have no doubt in my mind if Cody wasn’t alive, he would not be there today,” Petau said.
Mooney’s father, Kevin Mooney said he was overwhelmed with all the support his family had been shown during these tough times.
“He would have wanted us to show up because he showed up for people,” Kevin Mooney said.
A GoFundMe campaign set up for Mooney’s family has raised $228,655 of its $250,000 goal.
“Made us all better people by what he did and how he lived. He was the kind of guy, where if you showed up, he was your friend from the moment you met him,” Kevin Mooney said of his son.
Mooney had been diagnosed about a year and a half before his death.
He was a registered organ donor.
Learn more about Mooney in the video below.
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