New Haven firefighter laid to rest, hundreds pay tribute

Photo: Linda Cohens Celebration of Life Memorial Fund

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Hundreds of people packed into the Beulah Heights Pentecostal Church Saturday morning to bid farewell to New Haven firefighter Linda Cohens. The 50-year-old had been with the department for nearly 20 years.

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“Look at this standing room crowd to pay tribute to her, her service, to her family,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal, who spoke at the funeral.

Saturday’s funeral was filled with emotional tributes, both in song and in pictures. Fellow firefighters, police officers, and paramedics from surrounding towns were there to show support during such a difficult time. There was also the acknowledgement of how Cohens was one of only a few female firefighters in the Elm City, in a career mostly dominated by men.

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“She was a warrior,” said a friend during the service. “She was a warrior through the academy when I met her, she was a warrior for her son in his life and death. She was a warrior for her granddaughter, her family and the New Haven Fire Department.”

Cohens was found outside her Hamden home early Sunday morning. Police say she was suffering from a head wound. She later died at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Right now it’s unclear what caused it all to happen.

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Cohens leaves behind her mother, father, granddaughter, and several siblings, including a twin sister. Her son, Brandon, died in 2008.

“This tragedy has affected all of us,” said New Have Fire Chief Allyn Wright. “The grief that we and the fire service feel is overwhelming.”

Cohens was laid to rest at Beaverdale Memorial Park in New Haven.

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