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'Erik's loss is a trauma for all of us,' says Howard County Fire Chief John Butler at funeral for paramedic
'Erik's loss is a trauma for all of us,' says Howard County Fire Chief John Butler at funeral for paramedic

Friends, family and fellow firefighters and EMTs remembered Capt. Erik Steciak as "vibrant," "dependable," "compassionate" and "generous;" an "intensely dedicated" paramedic and "well-loved" friend at his funeral Sunday afternoon. Capt. Steciak, 29, a paid paramedic with the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company and a longtime volunteer for the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department, was killed while responding to a call Jan. 6 when he was struck by a utility vehicle that slid on icy pavement. Despite freezing rains earlier in the day that led to a 49-car pile-up on Route 40 near the Baltimore-Howard County line and a fatal car...

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