Life after life: Five people receive organs from the firefighter who died when he fell working in New York

Five people will be able to live in memory of William P. Moon II, an FDNY veteran who suffered a fatal workplace accident last week and whose organs have been donated.

Moon died on Friday at the age of 47, four days after the tragic accident he suffered when he was preparing for a drill at the FDNY station located in Sterling Place (Brooklyn) and fell from a height of about 20 feet, suffering a serious head injury. His fellow firefighters rushed him to Kings County Hospital in critical condition, where he was held until doctors determined his brain damage had been irreversible.

LiveOnNY, a non-profit organization that coordinates organ and tissue donation, confirmed yesterday that the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys de Moon saved the lives of five patients, including three in New York.

“Firefighter Moon he was a hero in life and now he is a hero in death who will live off the generous gifts of organ donation,” LiveOnNY President and CEO Leonard Achan said in a statement. “We extend our deepest condolences to the Moon family. Our thoughts and prayers remain with them during this difficult time.”

Moon lived in Islip, Long Island with his wife Kristina and their two children. He will be commemorated at a funeral on Wednesday, December 28, reported NBC News. “This is a heartbreaking loss for the bravest of New York and for our entire city,” said the alcalde Eric Adams upon learning of Moon’s death.

FDNY has suffered several losses this year. In September, four former firefighters died in a week in New York from post-9/11 illness, bringing the number of FDNY fatalities since 2001 to 303. In another fatal coincidence, also on consecutive days in late May, four retired FDNY firefighters died of related illnesses. with his work in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center (WTC) following the terrorist attacks.

Earlier in February Robert Cruz, an FDNY lieutenant, passed away surprisingly at his home in Queens at age 44. A week earlier Jesse Gerhard (33) died in the hospital after fighting a residential fire in that same county.

And in June, FDNY firefighter Casey Skudin was tragically killed when a tree limb fell on the vehicle he was driving while on vacation in North Carolina two days before his birthday.

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