NEW YORK — A New York City firefighter and married father of two who was injured in a training accident at his fire station earlier this week will not survive his injuries, and his family has decided to donate his organs. It did, officials announced Friday.
21-year FDNY veteran William Moon II fell nearly 20 feet while preparing for a drill at his Sterling Place fire station in Brooklyn shortly before noon Monday. He suffered a severe head injury and was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but Mayor Eric Adams and FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanaugh said it was clear he would not attend.
His family decided to donate his organs to save other lives. Moon was 47 years old. The Islip, Long Island resident is survived by his wife, Christina, and their two children.
Adams called the loss “heartbreaking” for everyone involved.
“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 death,” Adams said in a statement. “We join the entire Fire Department and all New Yorkers in mourning his loss, and we offer prayers for Firefighter Moon, his family and friends.”
Moon joined the FDNY in May 2002. He began his career with Ladder Company 133 in Queens, where he served for 20 years before being assigned to Rescue Company 2 in Brooklyn earlier this year.
Kavanaugh echoed Adams’ sentiments in honoring the dedicated firefighter and family man.
“Our hearts are broken for the family and friends of Firefighter Moon, and for our entire department,” Kavanaugh said. “Firefighting was in his bones, and he embodied the spirit and passion of our department. He was passionate about organ donation, and the way he saved countless lives while working at the firehouse will continue to inspire us even after his death.” Will keep saving people’s lives.”
“FDNY firefighters and their families share an unbreakable bond and this tragedy is heartbreaking for all of us. Firefighter Moon completed more than two decades of heroic service to the City of New York and this department. His selfless action touched the lives of people He saved William’s life and will continue this legacy in his death, donating his organs so others can live. We extend our deepest condolences to the Moon family, all of William’s loved ones, and his fellow firefighters, the FDNY Association said. And offer condolences to all who are devastated by their loss.
In addition to serving with the FDNY, Moon volunteered with the Islip Volunteer Fire Department in his hometown. He served as the chief there in 2017.