Colorado firefighter who succumbed to brain tumor given emotional farewell on his way to donate organs

31-year-old Cody Mooney was accompanied by his pregnant wife, his colleagues, and several doctors and medical professionals on his way to the operation theater.


                            Colorado firefighter who succumbed to brain tumor given emotional farewell on his way to donate organs

A Colorado firefighter who succumbed to brain tumor but decided to donate his organs after his death was given a hero's sendoff, with his colleagues and pregnant wife escorting him on his way to the operation theater.

According to the Daily Mail, 31-year-old Cody Mooney was given the highly emotional farewell at the Littleton Adventist Hospital, with a video of the event uploaded by the South Metro Fire Rescue showing two firefighters dressed in full ceremonial uniforms leading the way to the surgery.



 

The video also showed Mooney's wife Emily, who is expecting their fifth child later this month, holding on the side of his hospital bed as he was led down the hall, and his colleagues saluting their comrade. Doctors, surgeons, and other medical professionals could be seen following the procession solemnly as well.

In a series of tweets, the South Metro Fire Rescue paid tribute to the 31-year-old, writing, "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 courageous fight against an aggressive brain tumor [sic]."

"At the young age of only 31 years old, Cody was taken from this world too soon. Firefighter Mooney leaves behind a beautiful family including his wife (who is expecting their fifth child in just a few weeks), as well as their other four children," they continued. "South Metro personnel are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Cody and will continue to support his family through this difficult time."



 

Mooney was first diagnosed with a tumor growing on his brainstem in June 2017, with a GoFundMe page for him stating that the location of the tumor meant there was over a 60 per cent chance of a post-op deficit. But after his tumor grew by over 50 per cent by Christmas 2018 and increased the risk of hemorrhage, he was forced to undergo surgery.

However, following the surgery on February 13, a surgical site infection caused an aneurysm in Mooney's brain and excessive bleeding in the brain resulted in him suffering a stroke. Two emergency surgeries followed, but his condition would prove too severe.

Mooney passed away this past Saturday, with his wife confirming the death, saying, "My sweet precious love finished his fight strong and is in the arms of Jesus He took so much of me with him... But our fight isn't over. And we will keep fighting just as hard in the days to come, in honor of him."



 

His father, Kevin Mooney, paid tribute to the fallen firefighter and said, "He was the kind of guy, where if you showed up, he was your friend from the moment you met him. He would do this for anybody else. He would be there if you needed it. He gave his heart, he always gave his heart."

The South Metro Fire Rescue announced, "On behalf of the Mooney family, a memorial service for Cody will be held this Friday at 1 pm at Mission Hills Church located at 620 Southpark Dr, Littleton CO 80120."