The two-bus collision in downtown Duluth two weeks ago claimed one life – that of Michael J. Mooney, American hero. A former Marine, Mooney had left his seat and was rushing to give aid to the obviously distressed bus driver seconds before the crash. It always amazes me when I hear stories of soldiers and veterans who think nothing of rushing INTO a disaster instead of paying heed to our inner urge to flee. It takes more than courage -- it takes caring for the safety of others ahead of your own.
Although Mooney, 53, was an Illinois native, he had lived in Duluth since the 1990s, upon his honorable discharge from a 10-year career in the U.S. Marines Corps. He was many things to many people, but the role he took the most pride in was that of father to daughter Mackenzie.
Burial took place three days ago and the family says that if you wish to make donations, please forward them, in Mike’s name, to the Duluth Police Department, Duluth Fire Department or Animal Allies Humane Society.
The Kris Lindahl Team sends our sincerest condolences to Mike’s friends and family.
Semper Fi, Marine. We honor your service and your bravery.