Christopher Mahoney Memorial Fund

Help us create a scholarship in Chris' name.  His generosity and spirit touched everyone who knew him. This scholarship in the music composition program at his alma mater, Marlboro College in Vermont, will extend Chris' legacy to a new generation who, sadly, will not share in the joy of having known him personally.

UPDATE 8/8/2017:  At the request of the Mahoney family, all funds donated in Chris' honor will be put into an annual scholarship for a student studying music composition as Chris did at Marlboro College in Vermont.  See bottom of page for details.

August 3, 2017

San Anselmo, CA.  It is with profound sorrow that Ross Valley Fire Department announces the unexpected passing of Ross Valley Fire Department Engineer/Paramedic Chris Mahoney, age 39.

Chris Mahoney was a Marin County native who was raised in Fairfax and graduated from Sir Francis Drake High School.  He attended Marlboro College in Vermont, graduating with a BA in classical music composition.  Chris began his Fire Service career as a volunteer with RVFD and was hired as a full-time firefighter/paramedic in January 2005. In addition to serving the Ross Valley community, Chris was also a seasonal firefighter/paramedic for the Marin County Fire Department, serving West Marin.  In addition to his Firefighting duties, Chris was a participating member of the Marin County Hazardous Material Team.

Chris is survived by his mother Shirley Mahoney, his father Jay Mahoney, his sister Julia Lieb, his brother RVFD Battalion Chief Dan Mahoney, and his three nieces Anna, Filomena, and Odette; as well as his Ross Valley and Marin County Fire Department families.

All Marin County Fire agencies are providing support to RVFD during this tragic time.  Departments will be supplying staffing coverage, as well as peer and family support.  Flags will be lowered to half-staff at all Marin County Fire stations and badges will be shrouded in honor of Chris.

We offer our deepest condolences to the Mahoney family as they mourn the loss of their beloved son and brother.  Please keep them, and all of us, in your thoughts at this sad time.

The Mahoney family plans to hold private, family services.  A celebration of life will follow later, open to extended family, friends, and colleagues.  Information will be posted online at when it is available.

Marin Professional Firefighters, Local 1775 of the International Association of Firefighters, was Chris' labor union and represents more than 400 of his brothers and sisters in the fire-service in Marin, and more than 300,000 across the US and Canada.

We're already working with Marlboro College to establish an annual scholarship fund in Chris' name, to help students in the music composition program.  We need to raise a minimum of $25,000 to establish the fund, and an additional $3,600 to launch the scholarship in year 1.  We've raised our goal to accomodate that, and look forward to sending your names to the Mahoney Family and Marlboro college to continue Chris' incredible legacy.

Funds will be withdrawn at the campaign's conclusion by the IAFF Local 1775's Treasurer and 100% will be delivered by check to Marlboro College to create an endowment and scholarship fund in Chris' name.

Engineer/Paramedic Christopher Mahoney, Ross Valley Fire Department.  Member, Marin Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 1775.

Marin Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 1775
P.O. BOX 15, FAIRFAX, CA 94978  ·  (415) [phone redacted]


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IAFF Local 1775 
Fairfax, CA
Geoff Larkin 
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