Edward Peterson, 40, passed away March 18th. at home in Boise. Brian was born on February 4th. 1975 to
Jim and Pamela (Rose) Peterson.
just two and a half pounds, Brian was a fighter from the moment he entered the
world until his last moments with us.
grew up in Boise and graduated from Centennial High School in 1994. Upon
graduation Brian joined the Army National Guard and completed his EMT and AEMT
training at the Army Academy of Health Sciences at Fort Sam Houston, TX. He
returned to Boise where he served as Medical Specialist in
SPT BN from 1994 to 2002. He earned his Paramedicine degree from Central
Washington University in Ellensburg, graduating top of his class. After leaving
Washington he worked for a year in Twin Falls for Magic Valley Paramedics. He
was then hired by Ada County EMS where he stayed for five years. He served as a
Field Training Officer and was a member of the Special Operations Team. In
2005, Brian was offered a position with the Meridian Fire Department as a
Paramedic/Firefighter. He spent eight years at MFD and was promoted to the
position of Driver/Engineer. During this time he earned numerous
certifications including: PALS Pediatric Advancement Life Support, Healthcare
Provider CPR, ACLS Provider, Rapid Intervention team, Incident Training
Officer, Rope Rescue Technician and many others. In 2013 his passion for
medicine drew him back to Ada County Paramedics.
an avid reader and had been known to devour a 1000 page medical textbook as a
relaxing weekend activity. He had a brilliant mind and a wicked sense of humor.
Quite the sesquipedalian (user of long words) he would regularly throw out
terms such as bradykinesia when he just wanted you to pick up the pace and
walk a little faster. He was passionate about science and physics and how the
mind and body works. His love of hunting, astronomy, motorcycle riding and
other outdoor activities helped to provide an outlet from the mental and
emotional demands working as a Paramedic. Brian was always a calm and
reassuring presence to those in crisis and had a natural gift for being cool
under pressure. Along with the need to further his education and the yearning
to help others, he was a few credits from earning his Associates Degree in
Nursing and had been planning to enroll in the Physician's Assistant Program at
Washington State University.
include: daughter Reagan 13, son Drew 8, (he loved his children with all his
heart), mother Pamela (Rose) Peterson, father Jim Peterson (Gail), sisters
Aleesa Colton (Don), Kimberly McAlvain (Torry), nephew Taylor McAlvain, niece
Ayden McAlvain, former wife Rachel Peterson who was always there for him, step
brothers Curt Parkhouse (with whom he shared a special bond), Steve, Evan, and
Erik Sprengler, all of Boise and his beloved Cat Dexter.
in death by: grandmothers Jean Quinton, Velma Peterson, grandfathers Arnold
Rose, Edward Peterson, uncle Matt Rosandick and mentor Dorothy Purser M.Ed.
memorial fund has been set up in Brian’s name. Contributions can be made at any
Wells Fargo Bank with the following information:
Lane A. Corless (paramedic who established the account)
Name: Brian Peterson Fund
deepest gratitude to Peder Humlen-Ahearn, Tina Lukecart, Jon Perry, Jake Oven
and all of Brian’s brothers and sisters at Ada County Paramedics for your endless
guidance and support. A special thank you to the on-duty Captain, John Pollock,
Tad Young, the Boise Fire Department and the Boise City Police Department.
memorial service honoring Brian will be held Monday April 6, 2015 at 1:00pm at
the Barber Park Education Center, 4049 S. Eckert Road, Boise.
passing left a heartache no one can fill, your love left memories no one can
spirit soar in freedom
fears that gripped so tight.
find peace you searched for
wandered, lost, in the night.
tortured mind be clear and calm
tender heart be warm.
have no need for strength now.
ne’er be another storm.
music of the angels
sweet sounds that you hear.
rocked in Heaven’s cradle
ne’er shed another tear.
wear your memory proudly,
brother . . .our true friend.
May our love
for you reach Heaven above