Death of New Haven firefighter still under investigation

Linda Cohens

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH)– It’s still a mystery as to exactly what caused the death of New Haven Firefighter Linda Cohens, who was found dead outside her Hamden home early Sunday morning. The State Medical Examiner’s Office says the autopsy report for Cohens is “pending further studies,” and may not be complete for the next several weeks.

New Haven Fire Chief Allyn Wright says Cohens will be missed and cannot be replaced. He says she was the first African-American paramedic with the department.

“Well-loved by every member of the department,” said Wright. “Male, female, Hispanic, black, white, it didn’t make a difference. She really broke the glass ceiling.”

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Hamden police say a neighbor found the 16-year veteran New Haven firefighter suffering from a head injury. Neighbors say they heard a commotion outside, then discovered the body laying face down.

Cohens had a son who was killed in an accident several years ago, and she was very close with her granddaughter.

“She really bounced back from that,” said Wright about Cohens after her son’s death. “Encouraged a lot of people on how to do that, and I commend her for that.”

A scholarship fund has been set up by the New Haven Fire Department, with proceeds benefiting Cohens’ granddaughter. The chief says grief counselors were also available for coworkers on Monday.

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