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A mother of two and veteran firefighter die mysteriously after suffering a ‘catastrophic accident’ while teaching

MYSTERY surrounds the death of a firefighter and mother of two who died while teaching a water rescue class.

Alicia Monahan, 41, has been with Chesterfield County Fire & EMS for over 11 years and recently helped retrieve a body from a reservoir in March.

Alicia Monahan, 41, died June 25 while teaching a training class

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Alicia Monahan, 41, died June 25 while teaching a training classPhoto credits: Chesterfield County Fire and EMS/Facebook
Monahan was wearing full protective gear when she went into the water and suddenly became unresponsive, first responders said

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Monahan was wearing full protective gear when she went into the water and suddenly became unresponsive, first responders saidPhoto credits: Chesterfield County Fire and EMS/Facebook

On June 25, Monahan trained a group of fire and rescue workers in rapid water rescue techniques on North Carolina’s Nantahala River.

According to the Chesterfield Fire, Monahan was familiar with the area and taught several classes in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia in his free time.

Participants in the training course said that at one point Monahan had trouble in the water.

Chesterfield Fire said Monahan entered the river around 3 p.m. wearing full protective gear.

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For reasons still unknown, Monahan stopped responding.

Chesterfield Fire said she was carried downstream by currents before being removed from the water by people performing CPR.

Douglas Hardy told 8News his shared decision to save the woman’s life.

“I didn’t know at first if it was a boy or a girl,” he said.

“I just saw a helmet floating and face down in the water and it was like knowing I only had a matter of seconds to get to her.”

Hardy said he revived Monahan after dragging her onto his boat.

“Started doing the chest compressions and examining them. I couldn’t see anything wrong but she wasn’t breathing and I could see her pupils were dilated,” he said.

Despite those efforts, Monahan was rushed to a Bryson City-area hospital, where she was pronounced dead, Chesterfield Fire said.

“The positive impact she left on her family and friends, our organization, our community and everyone she met will live on forever. We miss you Alicia!” the agency said in a statement.

“In recent years, she has been actively preparing for greater leadership responsibilities, completing a stint as a second lieutenant at the Bon Air Fire Station and being a candidate for promotion to the rank of second lieutenant.”

Monahan is survived by her fiancé and two sons.

Chesterfield County Fire & EMS Chief Loy Center continued that her untimely death took a heavy toll on many hearts.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to her fiance, her two sons, extended family and many friends,” Center said.

“Her staff continue to support the needs of the family while providing uninterrupted emergency services to the community that Alicia loved, grew up and lived in.

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“While she will always be remembered for her dedication to duty and unparalleled service to others, her legacy will be the inspiration she has given to countless young women who are considering a career in the fire service or who aspire to greater causes deploy.”

How Monahan died so suddenly is still a mystery, and an investigation by the Nantahala National Forest is currently underway, the Macon County emergency services chief said.

Investigations into her death are currently underway

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Investigations into her death are currently underwayPhoto credits: Chesterfield County Fire and EMS/Facebook
She is survived by her fiancé and two sons

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She is survived by her fiancé and two sonsPhoto credits: Chesterfield County Fire and EMS/Facebook

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