AFD creates scholarship fund for son of cadet who died at academy

Austin
Devon Coney

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A scholarship fund has been established by the Austin Fire Department for the 5-year-old son of the cadet who died following a medical emergency at the training academy on Monday.

The fire department says the Greater Austin Crime Commission is facilitating the scholarship fund for Davian Coney, with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward his education.

His father, Devon Coney, died Tuesday from what the fire department described at the time as an unknown medical condition.

Coney was previously a civilian employee at AFD for four years before entering the academy. An AFD spokesperson said Monday was the first day of training for Coney’s academy class.

To make a secure online contribution, visit austinfiredepartment.org and follow the instructions there. Checks and money orders made payable to the Greater Austin Crime Commission can be mailed to P.O. Box 27016, Austin, TX 78755.

Please indicate your donation is for the “Devon Coney Scholarship Fund” in either the memo line of the check/money order or the “add special instructions to the seller” box for online transactions.

AFD says Coney’s funeral will be held at Celebration Church at 601 Westinghouse Rd. in Georgetown at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 2, followed by a private burial.

Flags were lowered to half-staff at the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in Emmitsburg, Maryland for Coney and three other fallen members of the fire service. 

A department spokesperson said they have never had a cadet die on the job before. The last AFD line of duty death was in 1977 when firefighter Nathaniel Kindred died from a heart attack at a fire.

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