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Fire District 7 and Camano Island Fire mourn the loss of one of their own

Firefighter/Paramedic/Fire Commissioner Erik Shouse. Photo courtesy of Fire District 7.
Firefighter/Paramedic/Fire Commissioner Erik Shouse. Photo courtesy of Fire District 7.

From a joint Snohomish County Fire District 7 and Camano Island Fire news release.

April 25, 2018, update.

The final determination has been made about the cause of death for the firefighter/paramedic who died on the morning of Sunday, April 22, 2018.

The Island County Coroner’s Office released Tuesday, April 24th, that Erik Shouse, passed away at his home from sudden cardiac arrest.

He was a 15 year veteran firefighter/paramedic with Fire District 7 and a Fire Commissioner for four years with Camano Island Fire and Rescue.

Shouse is survived by his loving wife and their two young daughters. A procession and private service will be held on Sunday, April 29th. 

A Shouse Family Memorial Fund has been set up through the Snohomish County District 7 Firefighters Local 2781. All donations will be given to the Shouse family to support them during this difficult time.

Donations can be made online at www.snocountyffunion.com or checks can made out to the Shouse Memorial Fund and sent to IAFF Local 2781, PO Box 12893, Mill Creek WA 98082.

Original April 24, 2018, article.

It is with great sadness that Snohomish County Fire District 7 and Camano Island Fire & Rescue announce the unexpected passing of one of their own. Erik Shouse passed away at his home early on Sunday, April 22, 2018.

Shouse was hired as a firefighter/paramedic with Fire District 7 on January 6, 2003. He has spent most of his career assigned to the Medic Unit at Station 76 in Mill Creek. Shouse had a contagious smile and drive to serve his community.

“For 15 years Erik was a valued member of Fire District 7 providing a quality of care expected by the citizens that we serve,”said Fire Chief Gary Meek

He went on to say, “His humor in the station brought a calmness to his crew when necessary. He will be greatly missed by his Fire District 7 family.”

Later in his career, Shouse wanted to find a way to serve his local community of Camano Island, which is where his family resides. 

In 2014 he was elected as a Fire Commissioner for Island County Fire District 1 (Camano Island Fire & Rescue). 

As well as attending to his duties as a Fire Commissioner, he also served on many committees that directly served the citizens of Camano Island.

"Erik was a good friend. He was a Union Member with District 7 and he was able to take off his Union hat when serving as a Commissioner for us. I greatly respected his ability to see both sides of an issue. I will always remember him as a champion for our firefighters and our citizens, as well as a devoted father and husband,"said Chief Michael Schick.

Shouse is survived by his loving wife and their two young daughters. He had a passion for fishing, but most of all he loved his family. 

A private service will be held for Erik on Sunday, April 29th.

Chief Meek and Chief Schick ask that you please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

A Shouse Family Memorial Fund has been set up. Image courtesy of Snohomish County District 7 Firefighters Local 2781.

A Shouse Family Memorial Fund has been set up. Image courtesy of Snohomish County District 7 Firefighters Local 2781.

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