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Brian Edward Peterson

Brian Edward Peterson

Brian Edward Peterson, 40, passed away March 18th. at home in Boise. Brian was born on February 4th. 1975 to Jim and Pamela (Rose) Peterson.

Born at just two and a half pounds, Brian was a fighter from the moment he entered the world until his last moments with us.

Brian 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
Company 145 th 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.

Brian was 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.

Survivors 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.

Proceeded in death by: grandmothers Jean Quinton, Velma Peterson, grandfathers Arnold Rose, Edward Peterson, uncle Matt Rosandick and mentor Dorothy Purser M.Ed.

A memorial fund has been set up in Brian’s name. Contributions can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank with the following information:
Name: Lane A. Corless (paramedic who established the account)
Fund Name: Brian Peterson Fund
Account Number: 7028436363

Our 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.

A 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.

Your passing left a heartache no one can fill, your love left memories no one can steal.

A Wish And A Prayer

May your spirit soar in freedom
From the fears that gripped so tight.
May you find peace you searched for
As you wandered, lost, in the night.

May your tortured mind be clear and calm
And your tender heart be warm.
May you have no need for strength now.
May there ne’er be another storm.

May the music of the angels
Be the sweet sounds that you hear.
As you’re rocked in Heaven’s cradle
May you ne’er shed another tear.

We’ll wear your memory proudly,
Our brother . . .our true friend.
May our love for you reach Heaven above
Until we meet again.

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