According to the FDNY, a firefighter from New York City passed away on Friday due to injuries sustained in a 20-foot fall at his Brooklyn station.
On Monday, 47-year-old firefighter William Moon was getting ready for a drill inside Rescue Company 2 on Sterling Place in Crown Heights when he slipped, according to the fire department.
With a severe head injury, he was sent right away to Kings County Hospital and put on life support.
The doctors informed his wife and family that he would not live. According to Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh, the family has decided to donate the man’s organs after his death on Friday morning.
As he saved countless lives while working at the firehouse, he will continue to save lives in death, according to Kavanagh. “He was enthusiastic about organ donation,” she added.
“A sad loss for New York’s Bravest and our entire city,” Mayor Adams said of Moon’s passing.
Adams stated of the late firefighter Moon, “Firefighter Moon was a dedicated public servant who spent more than two decades saving the lives of New Yorkers and will continue to do so after his passing.”
Firefighter Moon began his career with the FDNY in 2002, working both in Brooklyn and Queens.
He was also a member of the Long Island fire department in Islip, where he served as chief of the department in 2017.
He leaves Christina, his wife, and their two kids behind.
This is the second time in more than a year that a training exercise resulted in a municipal firefighter’s death.
FDNY probationary Firefighter Vincent Malveaux, 31, passed away on December 2, 2021, at the FDNY Training Academy on Randall’s Island while participating in a training exercise.
According to the department, he was six weeks into his 18-week course. He was sent to Harlem Hospital right after, but the next day he passed away.
An autopsy later determined the cause of Malveaux’s death to be complications from exertional rhabdomyolysis, which happens when muscles break down and release proteins into the bloodstream.
It is connected to demanding exercise or regular activity in challenging situations.