According to a report from the Associated Press, a 20-year old firefighter who recently returned from fighting wild fires in Oregon and Washington has died of complications from pneumonia that led to sepsis.
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Local TV stations report that Eric Aarseth returned from the fire lines last week and was sick but didn’t seek medical attention.
In July, he worked to battle the Garner Complex Fire in the southern part of the state before battling the Horns Mountain Fire in south Washington — the most recent fire he worked to contain.
The day after he returned home last week, Aarseth’s roommates found him unconscious. He was rushed to the hospital, where doctors determined he had developed pneumonia which had turned septic.