MARIN COUNTY, CA – Late firefighter Chris Mahoney left a lasting impact on the community, having served Marin County for more than a decade. A local firefighter association is also helping his legacy live on by launching an online fundraiser to establish a scholarship fund in his name.
“His generosity and spirit touched everyone who knew him,” the GoFundMe campaign reads. “This scholarship in the music composition program at his alma mater, Marlboro College in Vermont, will extend Chris’ legacy to a new generation who, sadly, will not share in the joy of having known him personally.”
Mahoney, a Ross Valley Fire Department fire engineer and paramedic, was found dead last week in his San Francisco home. He was 39.
Details surrounding his death have not yet been released, according to the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office.
“We offer our deepest condolences to the Mahoney family as they mourn the loss of their beloved son and brother,” Ross Valley Fire Department said in an Aug. 3 statement. “Please keep them, and all of us, in your thoughts at this sad time.”
After learning about the loss of the beloved local firefighter, community members posted flowers and display boards with Mahoney’s image outside Ross Valley Fire Department’s stations. Flags at Marin fire stations were flown at half-staff and badges were shrouded.
Family, friends and community members also shared their memories of Mahoney on social media.
“My deepest sympathies to the Mahoney family and Ross Valley fire,” Rachel Howard Felder of Forest Knoll said on Facebook. “We loved seeing Chris’ smiling face around town. He was so very sweet and kind.”
Jay Silva of San Anselmo also expressed his condolences to the Mahoney family.
“I will never forget the first time I met him and often think back fondly on the times we spent together,” Silva said on Facebook. “This is truly a huge loss for our community. Chris was an exemplary man.”
San Anselmo resident Jessica Blau said Mahoney saved her life in 2013.
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A Marin County native, Mahoney was raised in Fairfax and graduated from Sir Francis Drake High School. He attended Marlboro College in Vermont, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in classical music composition.
Mahoney began his fire service career as a volunteer with the Ross Valley Fire Department and was hired as a full-time firefighter and paramedic in January 2005.
In addition to serving the Ross Valley community, Mahoney served as a seasonal firefighter and paramedic for the Marin County Fire Department. He was also a participating member of the Marin County Hazardous Material Team.
In honor of Mahoney’s memory, Marin Professional Firefighters, an association representing the career firefighters of Marin County, started an online fundraiserto establish an annual scholarship fund in his name.
According to the GoFundMe campaign, Marin Professional Firefighters is working with Marlboro College to create the Christopher Mahoney Memorial Fund for the college’s music program. It was the Mahoney family’s request that funds donated in the late firefighter’s honor benefit students studying music composition at the college, according to the campaign.
The campaign states that $25,000 is needed to establish the fund, and an additional $3,600 is needed to launch the scholarship the first year. As of Friday, the campaign has raised $24,085.
Mahoney is survived by his mother Shirley Mahoney, his father Jay Mahoney, his sister Julia Lieb, his brother RVFD Battalion Chief Dan Mahoney, and his three nieces Anna, Filomena and Odette.
A celebration of his life is scheduled for Aug. 18 at the HopMonk Tavern. The event starts at 1 p.m. at the Novato location at 224 Vintage Way.
To donate to the GoFundMe campaign, visit www.gofundme.com/chris-mahoney.
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