Fri, July 19

David Michael Ahern 1953 - 2009

David Michael "Dave" Ahern

David Michael "Dave" Ahern

David Michael "Dave" Ahern, 55, died May 27, 2009 in Sunrise Medical Center, Las Vegas NV from injuries sustained in an accidental fall.

Dave was born on November 22, 1953 in Cincinnati Ohio.

Beloved son and brother, loyal friend and devoted husband, Dave is survived by his wife Sara, brothers Frank and Larry, and sister Cara. He was preceded in death by his father, William and his mother June Ahern.

Dave graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in building construction, but soon found that his true calling in life was as a firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician.

Dave lived in Clarkdale since 1980. He joined Clarkdale Fire Department in 1980 as a volunteer and served as volunteer Fire Chief from 1984-1987. As Chief he initiated EMS services for Clarkdale. In 1987 he was hired by Cottonwood Fire Department as a career firefighter, however he continued to volunteer with Clarkdale Fire until 1994 when he was hired by Sedona Fire District. He was also a Hazardous Materials Technician.

Dave retired in 2007 as a Fire Captain/Paramedic. Due to his strong desire to continue serving his community, Dave ran for and was elected to the Clarkdale Fire District Board of Directors last November.

A lifelong outdoorsman and hunter, Dave supported conservation and education programs designed to enhance wilderness experiences for all ages.

A memorial service to honor and celebrate Dave's life will be held on Saturday June 13, beginning at 11 am at Clarkdale Memorial Clubhouse, 19 N. 9th Street Clarkdale, AZ.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Dave M. Ahern Memorial Fund, Bank of America, Cottonwood, Arizona.

Information provided by survivors.