HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A New Haven firefighter has died after she was found by a neighbor unresponsive outside her Hamden home early Sunday morning.
“She was lying on the ground and that she wasn’t moving,” said neighbor, John Sibby. “The emergency personnel were working like crazy to get this woman’s heart to start going again.”
Police say around 3 a.m., an officer was approached by a resident of West Helen Street who told her she found her neighbor, Linda Cohens, lying face-down on a sidewalk. Cohens was unresponsive and unconscious and appeared to be suffering from a head injury.
Neighbors who live close told News 8 they recalled hearing shouting outside around the same time police began showing up on scene.
“She would give you the shirt off her back,” said Cohens’ twin sister, Lynn Cohen. “I’m hurt and I know that Linda would want us to keep living.”
Fire officials arrived on the scene and Cohens was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The incident is under investigation by the town’s Major Crimes Division.
Cohens is being remembered by those who knew her as a friendly person, great friend, dog lover, and of course firefighter. Other fire departments tweeted their condolences.
Today we lost a wonderful woman, who cared for so many. pic.twitter.com/95Cvn3hh8I
— NewHavenFire (@NewHavenFire) January 11, 2015
We’d like to offer our condolences to our brothers in New Haven and the family of FF/Paramedic Linda Cohens after her passing.
— Meriden Fire Dept. (@MeridenFire) January 11, 2015
Local 1579 extends it condolences to the members of New Haven FD Local 825 on the sudden passing of Firefighter Paramedic Linda Cohens. — Manchester CT FF’s (@Local1579) January 11, 2015
A Celebration of Life Memorial Fund was set up in Cohens name.