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First responders rally around mother after daughter’s tragic death

Montana Erickson was a competitive swimmer, creative and funny girl who loved her friends and family dearly

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A week after Airdrie’s mother and paramedics responded to a fatal accident involving her daughter, Jayme Erickson’s colleagues and the entire Alberta community came together to support her and her family. rice field.

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On November 15, Ericsson was involved in a vehicle crash north of Airdrie, in which one of the passengers she was unaware of was her 17-year-old daughter Montana. Because of her Montana’s injuries, Erickson said she had to take Montana to the hospital. I didn’t know that I was holding my life. She died three days after her.

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“She was a fighter, she fought to the death. She was so beautiful,” Erickson said Tuesday at a press conference at the Airdrie fire station.

“All first responders can empathize with the pain we are feeling. I don’t want anyone to go through something like this, but I just want the memory of my baby girl to live on.” And we want everyone to know how much she means to us and to all of our colleagues.”

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Montana was a competitive swimmer, a creative and funny girl who loved her friends and family fiercely. called.

Despite the loss of family members, Montana’s death meant the lives of at least two organ donors.

“Finally, Montana was able to make one last gift and she was able to donate an organ,” Erickson said tearfully. It was a life saver and I am so happy to know that our baby girl lives through someone else…she saved others after this tragedy. I know that is what she wanted and I’m so proud of her.”

Facebook photo of Montana Erickson, daughter of Jamie Erickson.
Facebook photo of Montana Erickson, daughter of Jamie Erickson.

At the fire station, more than 20 first responders from across the state, primarily from the Rocky View area, were by Ericsson’s side, gathering around his family grieving this unimaginable loss.

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“I know a lot of people here. I have worked closely with them. They know my daughter through me, so they feel my pain, but they are also parents I also know that all my colleagues know this is the worst thing that could happen to us.Fear, I know they don’t wish it on anyone. “I understand that they are my daughters, not my daughters, and I understand the pain and the hole that I feel in my heart. Their support is amazing and overwhelming,” she said.

The impact of the loss of a family member was felt across the first responder community, Chad Durocher sharedPlatoon Leader of Airdrie Fire department.

“All first responders share the terrifying fear of having to attend calls when patients are our parents, spouses, friends, or God forbid our children.” He said, “Seeing tragedies and terrifying situations is a reality that we are forced to encounter in uniform every day…the emotional trauma of first responders is real. It’s almost impossible to explain this kind of trauma to someone who hasn’t lived it.”

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Airdrie paramedic Jamie Erickson is comforted by family, friends and colleagues while speaking to the media at the Airdrie fire station Thursday, November 22, 2022. Ericsson said he was at the scene of a serious car crash on November 15th. The seriously injured young woman she cared for was her daughter Montana. Jamie was able to go to the hospital with Montana before she died.
Airdrie paramedic Jamie Erickson is comforted by family, friends and colleagues while speaking to the media at the Fire Department in Airdrie Thursday, November 22, 2022. Ericsson said he was at the scene of a serious car crash on November 15th. The seriously injured young woman she cared for was her daughter Montana. Jamie was able to go to the hospital with Montana before she died. Gavin Young/Postmedia

Durocher’s wife, Deana Davison, is a paramedic, The Maskwacis Ambulance Authority says it is essential that first responders have access to help and support when they need it, especially during times like this.

“As many people know, including myself, seeking help is helpful for these types of injuries. “We’re all just one phone call away from never doing this job again,” she said.

“First Responders: Be kind to each other, check in on each other, be there for each other, and reach out if you’re struggling. plug.”

A GoFundMe page launched to raise money for Montana’s funeral and support for Erickson continued to surpass its goals, raising more than $50,000 as of Tuesday afternoon.

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First responders rally around mother after daughter’s tragic death

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