Virginia firefighter dies while teaching water rescue course

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — A Virginia firefighter died unexpectedly over the weekend while teaching a water rescue course.

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According to WWBT, Alicia A. Monahan, 41, was an 11-year veteran of the Chesterfield County Fire and EMS.

The Chesterfield County Fire and EMS said Monahan died unexpectedly while off duty.

“Our prayers and full support are with her fiancée and both her sons,” the Chesterfield County Fire and EMS said on a Facebook post. “Our hearts and prayers go out to Alicia’s family, friends, and co-workers during this very difficult time.”

Virginia Search and Rescue Dog Association, which has worked with Monahan in the past, according to WWBT, said on Facebook that she had suffered “a catastrophic accident” while teaching students a swift-water rescue course while they were in North Carolina.

“Alicia was more than a teammate she was also a personal friend to many of us and this loss is unimaginable. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Alicia’s two sons, her fiancée, her family, as well as her many friends and co-workers. Alicia was a wonderful, caring person . . . a beautiful, bright light went out today and our hearts are broken,” said VSRDA.

The Chesterfield County Fire and EMS said further arrangements and more information will be provided as they become available.