Funeral services Tuesday for Eagle fire captain

csewell@idahostatesman.comNovember 25, 2013 

Funeral services took place Tuesday for Eagle Fire Capt. Brandon Erickson, who died at home Thursday following back surgery on Wednesday. Erickson's cause of death has not yet been determined.

The service started at noon at Eagle Christian Church, 100 S. Short Road. Following the service, an Eagle fire truck carrying Erickson led a procession of fire department apparatus from the church to Meridian Cemetery at the corner of Franklin Road and Stratford Drive for a short graveside service. A reception was scheduled after the burial for Erickson's friends and family at Meridian’s Fire Station 1, across the street from the cemetery.

Listen to Ada County Dispatch's final call for Erickson.

Erickson leaves behind a wife, son and daughter. In lieu of flowers, an account has been set up in Erickson’s name at Idaho Central Credit Union.

Erickson joined the Eagle Fire Department in April 2013. Before that, he spent five years working for the Meridian Fire Department as a firefighter and paramedic.

On Wednesday, Erickson underwent back surgery and returned home that evening. He had been up and moving around before he died Thursday afternoon, according to Eagle Fire Department spokeswoman Andrea Dearden.

Dearden said it is not clear if Erickson's death is related to the surgery, which was for a work-related injury he received in June 2012 while working for the Meridian Fire Department.

According to Meridian fire spokeswoman Natalie Podgorski, Erickson hurt his back while lifting an EMT bag that weighed about 60 pounds.

Wednesday's surgery was his second procedure for the June 2012 injury. The Ada County Coroner's Office has conducted an autopsy and is awaiting further test results to determine the cause of death.

Dearden said once the cause of death is determined, a federal process will decide if Erickson died in the line of duty.

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