AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin Fire cadet who died after a medical emergency on the first day of training academy last week was laid to rest Monday morning.
Devon Coney, 34, arrived at the academy on Monday, June 25 ready for his first day. At 7:30 a.m., Coney suffered some sort of medical issue and was rushed to the hospital. He died the following day.
While it was only his first day of training, Coney worked with the Austin Fire Department for four years as a civilian before entering the academy.
His funeral was at Celebration Church in Georgetown. Friends and family came to show their support.
“Even though I wanted him to be an Austin firefighter, I did miss him when he left the office because we had a good relationship,” said AFD Asst. Chief Richard Davis. “He was the type of individual that wanted to do the right thing. He was the type of individual that wanted to do and it showed in his personality and the way he carried himself.”
Coney graduated from Round Rock High School where he was an all-state athlete.
Coney leaves behind a young son. A scholarship fund has been set up for him.