EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (WFSB) – An honored RN LifeStar from East Windsor returns home after his tragic death while on vacation.
His family said Derrick Donahue loved his job, first as a junior firefighter, EMT and then RN.
He especially loved the adrenaline he got from responding to emergencies to help people.
The remains of LifeStar RN Derrick Donahue, 45, were escorted home this afternoon from Bradley International by fellow first responders.
Among the hundred or so lining Bridge Street outside the Warehouse Point fire station, where he had worked, were members of his family.
Donahue’s cousin, Mark Navaroli, said he helped a lot of people.
“He was at the top of what he did as a paramedic, as a LifeStar, he touched a lot of people’s lives. He saved a lot of people’s lives,” Navaroli said.
Tragically, Donahue died while vacationing in curacao in a diving accident.
His aunt Tina said: “He loved his island there, Curacao. He loved his diving…the coral reefs…he loved everything.
The GoFundMe page that was set up to bring his remains home exceeded its goal.
His family says his work as a registered nurse he has done for the past 10 years with LifeStar has given him the greatest satisfaction of saving lives.
“He’s an angel, he’s earned his wings, he would love and love his job so much. He is very professional and knew what he was doing. He touched a lot of hearts,” Tina said.
Funeral arrangements are not complete at this time. As soon as they are, we will share the information.
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