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Maureen M. Mooney, 66, 9/11 First Responder

Former Mineola resident passed away on Jan. 11, 2013.

Maureen M. Mooney, formerly of Pensacola, passed away Jan. 11, 2013 at her home in Stowe, VT with her family by her side at the age of 66.

She was born Dec. 15, 1946 in Mineola, NY, as the daughter of William and Gladys McMahon. Mooney was the former director of Life Flight of Pensacola, FL and co-authored three books on pre-hospital emergency care.

A 9/11 first responder, while serving as part of the national DMAT disaster response team, Maureen was exposed to crushed glass, heavy metals and numerous other toxic substances at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, which ultimately led to her terminal condition and early passing due to pulmonary hypertension. She kept her first responder ID near her, never forgetting the firefighters, police officers and others that she helped.

An ER nurse, Life Flight nurse, first responder to natural disasters and terrorist attacks, Mooney was married to her husband Joe, who she met at 13, for over 50 years of love, laughter, support and a happy life dedicated to serving others.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph; her son Chris and his wife Tracey; grandsons Matthew and Patrick all of Stowe; niece, Suzanne Zapalla of Long Island, NY. She was predeceased by her parents; a sister, Shawn Georges and Shawn's husband, John Georges; a nephew, Derek Georges; and a brother, James McMahon. 

A wake will be held Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Baptist Hospital, 5th floor from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Pensacola, FL with interment to be held in the spring in Stowe, VT. White-Fiess Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Contributions in Maureen’s name may be made to the Feal Good Foundation for No Responders Left Behind by logging on to www.fealgoodfoundation.com.

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