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Fire captain dies after surgery from EMS injury

Capt. Brandon Erickson died of complications from back surgery after he was injured lifting an EMT bag on a medical call

Idaho Statesman

EAGLE, Idaho — Treasure Valley firefighters are mourning the loss of one of their own.

Eagle Fire Department Capt. Brandon Erickson died Thursday after a complication from back surgery, officials said. He was 36.

Erickson underwent surgery on Wednesday. It was his second procedure since June 2012, when he was injured on a call while working with the Meridian Fire Department, Meridian fire spokeswoman Natalie Podgorski said.

Erickson hurt his back while lifting an EMT bag that weighed about 60 pounds, Podgorski said

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Aron Sperling Aron Sperling Tuesday, November 26, 2013 5:35:18 PM I hold deep condolences for your fallen colleague as the same almost happened to me after surgery from an injury as a Toronto Paramedic and being rushed back to the OR and ICU due to a complication from surgery which was life threatening and traumatic. I thought it could never happen to me, that is why I am very taken by this loss, it can and did happen and it is a sacrifice equal to that of any one in the line of duty. I hope there is comfort for family and friends knowing he made a positive difference, but loss is always hard. Respectfully Aron Sperling

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